New law aims to prevent opioid overdose rate

New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE)- Starting in June, New Mexico is requiring opioid prescriptions lasting five days or more to come with a second prescription to reverse possible overdoses. The drug policy alliance says the law may save lives.

New Mexico already makes some reversal drugs available at pharmacies without prescriptions. However, the new law takes a more aggressive approach by requiring safety briefings to first-time opioid patients about overdose risks.

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