U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is scheduled to visit Jamestown this morning to tout a bill she believes will help stem opioid abuse.
Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is co-sponsoring the Opioid Addiction Prevention Act, which she introduced in April along with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
The bill would limit the length a doctor could initially prescribe an opioid to a patient suffering acute pain to a seven-day supply. The legislation would require medical professionals to certify as part of their Drug Enforcement Agency registration that they will abide by the seven-day limit for an initial prescription and will not provide a refill as part of the initial prescription, according to Gillibrand's office.
The bill is modeled after a New York state law, according to her office.
Opioid abuse and addiction has reached crisis levels in the United States in recent years, according to authorities. As of mid-May, in Erie County there were 40 confirmed fatalities due to opioid overdose and another 122 suspected deaths due to opioid overdose so far this year, according to health officials.
Gillibrand is scheduled to speak at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County.