In national news:

New York Governor Cuomo has signed a bill into law that takes aim at the state’s opioid problem, with changes that include limiting initial prescriptions to seven days. According to Business Insurance, the legislation is one of four measures that lawmakers hope will fight the narcotic epidemic. In addition to the prescription change to seven days from the original 30 days for first-time opioid prescriptions, insurers are prohibited from requiring approval prior to treating a substance abuser, prescribers are mandated to be educated on pain management, and 2,335 substance abuse treatment program slots are to be added to Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

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