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McCabe bill to help prevent opioid addiction receives House committee hearing


January 24, 2018

On Friday, the House Health Care and Wellness Committee heard testimony on Jeremy’s Law, a bill that would require doctors to warn patients about the risks of opioid use.

Rep. Gina McCabe, the bill’s prime sponsor, says the bill will help prevent opioid addiction, especially for youth and seniors.

“This bill is simply asking doctors to give patients a choice,” said McCabe, R-Goldendale. “If parents or caregivers were explained the risks associated with opioid use and were offered alternatives, I think we would see a decline not only in the amount of opioids prescribed, but the number of deaths caused by overdoses, as well.”

In 2016, 694 people in Washington died due to opioid...

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