By The Chronicle
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson released a report Tuesday recommending specific policies to reduce the supply of opioids in Washington in an effort to combat the epidemic of opioid abuse in the state.
“The report recommends a comprehensive approach to the problem, addressing prevention, treatment and enforcement,” according to a news release from the AG’s office.
In June, Ferguson pledged to introduce legislation consistent with the report’s recommendations. He announced three requested bills with policy recommendations.
The Attorney General’s Office, the Washington State Patrol and the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys developed the report based on information shared at the Summit on Reducing the Supply of Opioids in Washington State in June.
“The opioid epidemic is devastating Washington families,” Ferguson said in a statement. “This report makes it clear we have a crisis, and provides concrete, evidence-based solutions.”
“I am proposing some of these common-sense changes as legislation in the upcoming session, including limiting new opioid prescriptions and using the existing Prescription Monitoring Program to empower providers with a more complete picture of their patients’ history before writing new prescriptions,” Ferguson wrote. “It is time for the Legislature to take action