Gov. Ducey limits opioids for Arizona employees

Gov. Ducey to limit access to pain killers, details still to be worked out with insurers.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order Monday limiting opioid prescriptions for employees insured through the State of Arizona and individuals insured through the state's Medicaid program, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).

The order limits the first fill of prescription opioids to seven days and limits all fills for children, except those suffering from cancer, chronic disease or traumatic injury, according to a news release from the governor's office.

“This action is essential to help prevent future drug addictions,” Ducey said in a prepared statement.

“The numbers are staggering. In 2015, 401 people in Arizona – more than 1 a day – died from prescription opioid overdoses. And in 2013 there were enough prescription pain medications dispensed to medicate every adult in Arizona around the clock for two weeks."

Ducey signed the order Monday on the Capitol lawn. The signing is part of national Red Ribbon Week, focusing on drug prevention.

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