The Kentucky General Assembly sent a drug bill to Gov. Matt Bevin on the final day of the legislative session that limits some narcotics prescriptions to three-day supplies and increases trafficking penalties for fentanyl and heroin.
Bevin is expected to sign this measure, House Bill 333, into law since he backed the proposal publicly earlier this year and encouraged the legislature to approve it.
The bill would prohibit medical professionals from giving patients with acute pain a prescription for a Schedule II controlled substance like OxyContin that lasts for more than three days at a time.
It does include several exceptions that allow prescribers to give patients a larger supply when, for instance, it is necessary to treat chronic or cancer-related pain or is required to treat pain after a major surgery or significant trauma.