A proposal to deter abuse of painkillers sailed through the Maryland House of Delegates this week.
The bill sponsored by Delegate Karen Lewis Young would encourage prescribing drugs that are more difficult to abuse. It would require insurance carriers to provide coverage for these types of painkillers. Abuse-deterrent drugs are designed to prevent chewing, crushing, grating or grinding, Lewis Young has said.
The House approved the bill Monday and sent the measure to the Senate for consideration.
"I am both pleased and encouraged that this bill passed unanimously on the House floor. It may prove to be an important step in reducing abuse of prescription pain killers, which are a major gateway to heroin addiction," Lewis Young, D-District 3A, said in a prepared statement.
A similar bill has already cleared the Maryland Senate by a unanimous vote.