What you need to know: Gov. Ducey cracking down on painkillers

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 in an effort to limit access to prescription painkillers.

The order is part of  Ducey's ongoing push to fight opioid drug addiction.

Ducey's signing of the order comes at the start of national Red Ribbon Week, focusing on drug prevention.

Here's what you need to know:

• One person dies every day in Arizona from prescription drug overdoses.

• Prescription painkillers are the state's leading cause of injury-related deaths -- higher than car crashes and guns.

• There are 83 prescribed opioid pain relievers for every 100 people.

• Arizona has the ninth highest rate of opioid deaths in the nation, according to the order, which includes deaths from illegal opiates, such as heroin.

• The executive order affects employees insured through the state and the state's Medicaid program, Arizona Health Care Containment System.

• The order limits the first fill of prescription opioids to seven days.

• The order limits all fills for children, except those suffering from cancer, chronic disease or traumatic injury.

The details of the governor's order still must be worked out with insurers.

Copyright 2016 KPNX


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