Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Legislation To Limit Initial Opioid Prescriptions

JAMESTOWN-U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a bipartisan bill to limit initial opioid prescriptions during a press conference Monday morning at the Mental Health Association.

The Opioid Addiction Prevention Act would limit the supply of initial opioid prescriptions to seven days.

“The bipartisan Opioid Addiction Prevention Act would target one of the root causes of the opioid addiction crisis, which is the over-prescription of powerful and addictive opioid drugs for acute pain,” Gillibrand said. “Too many lives have been destroyed, too many families have been torn apart, and too many communities all over New York are suffering because of this epidemic.”

“This fight is urgent, and I will do everything I can in the Senate to pass this bill.”

Chautauqua County MHA Executive Director Kia Briggs added: “The MHA in Chautauqua County is happy to see bipartisan support for preventative care opioid addiction. We would like to thank Senator Gillibrand and Senator (John) McCain for introducing this legislation.”