COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina lawmakers are closer to passing legislation to address the opioid crisis in the Palmetto State.
Members of a Senate subcommittee voted in favor of two bills Tuesday to expand the use of tamper-proof prescription pads and who can distribute the opioid antidote Narcan.
Legislators say using the special paper that reads “void” if copied will be required for all patients prescribed a controlled substance, cutting down on fraudulent prescriptions. Exemptions include prescriptions sent electronically, faxed or given orally to pharmacists.
Committee Chairman Tom Davis of Beaufort says the opioid antidote legislation expands current law allowing caregivers, physicians and first responders to distribute Narcan to at-risk patients and allows community distributors such as substance abuse service workers to do the same.
Both bills passed the House last month.