LANSING (WJRT) (12/27/17) - The goal with these bills is being more proactive and trying to stop the problem before it can start.
One way is through the new Michigan Automated Prescription System or MAPS.
"That gives physicians total history, all of the information they need to know before making a prescribing decision," Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said.
In a press conference Wednesday, he said 4,000 designees have now signed up to use MAPS, including health care systems and physicians.
Calley said beginning in June, if they don't utilize the system when prescribing a patient an opiate, there will be consequences for the prescriber.
The eight other bills mainly focus on education -- making sure the patient knows the dangers of opioids and informing them of treatment options.
One of the bills requires schools to have a section on the drugs and addiction in health class. Another says within a seven-day period, no patient can have more than a seven-day supply of opioids for acute pain.
"It's everyone's children that is being affected, it's everyone's neighbors," said State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, a Republican from Lawton. "Opioid addiction does not discriminate against any income level, any color, any race and so it's so important that we deal with this."
The bills were put together by the Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force, which was formed a few years ago.
"It's not a Democrat Republican thing, you know opioid addiction is not partisan, it's everybody," said State Rep. Andy Schor, a Democrat from Lansing.