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.

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bikerjohn

Pain killer abusers will just laugh at this bill.........they will find their own solution.

The problem here is the abusers....They made their choices. They find solutions for their addiction.........it will most likely will be herion or another non prescription illegal drug.

Go after the heroin dealers and herion sources. Make extremely harsh penalties for suppliers and dealers. Cut off the demand.....make harsher penalties for herion users. Stop reviving herion overdose situations. Maybe the users will think twice....probably not.

Throwing money at saving the users and abusers isn't working.

If these heroin users choose to play RUSSIAN ROULETTE with heroin.......it is their choice, they do know the risk.

bikerjohn

Abusers will just find another alternative drug...............or they well probably choose the ready available heroin. This bill will probably, if passed, cause an incease in heroin use.

HappyMedium

So what is the dollars and cents impact this new law will have on the cost of health insurance in Maryland.

You can't blame Obamacare for this rate increase.

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