Rhode Island approves opioid warning signs at pharmacies

By The Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island lawmakers have approved legislation that requires signs at all pharmacies to warn customers about the dangers of opioids.

The bill’s sponsors say the signs would be similar to warning signs at stores about tobacco products.

The bill now heads to the governor’s desk. If signed, it would take effect Sept. 1.

The legislation would require the state Department of Health to compile a list of the 10 most commonly prescribed drugs containing opioids or certain other controlled substances and distribute it to the Board of Pharmacy. That board would then distribute the list to every pharmacy in the state.

Pharmacies would be required to post the sign near where prescriptions are filled.

The bill also requires pharmacists to inform patients about their option to partially fill their prescription.

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