The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

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Lawmakers look to monitor opioids, expand treatment


January 2, 2019

Montana's top prosecutor says he wants the 2019 Legislature to combat addiction to prescription opioids and expand on a policy of treatment rather than incarceration for drug offenders.

Republican Attorney General Tim Fox said his office would suggest legislation requiring photo ID cards when picking up prescription painkillers, making the state's prescription drug registry mandatory and putting a five-day limit on prescriptions for opioids.

"Opioid prescriptions are not monitored very well and people can get addicted very easily," Fox said. "People are dying, people are inundating our ju...

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