State Senate working on bill to curb drug abuse

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The State Senate is trying to tackle drug addiction from all angles. They’re exploring ways to boost prevention in schools, while limiting the amount of painkillers that doctors prescribe.

The state Senate debated an addiction prevention bill that would help those struggling with substance abuse. A provision in the bill would require verbal drug screenings in middle schools and high schools.

State Senator Eric Lesser told 22News “Number one on our agenda in the Senate today is tackling the over-prescribing and the abuse of prescription drugs.”

Senators also voted against a measure that would allow school districts to opt out of screening their students. They also hope to change the way doctors prescribe these highly addictive painkillers to patients.

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