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Bill Protects Doctors Who Refuse to Prescribe Opioids


State Senators have approved a bill that would protect doctors who refuse to prescribe painkillers when they think a patient might be addicted to the medication. 

Senate Bill 627 protects physicians from disciplinary or legal action taken against them if they refuse to prescribe painkillers to a patient they believe is either abusing or illegally selling the drugs.

The bill says doctors cannot be sanctioned for refusing to prescribe, nor be subject to criminal punishment.

“We want to make absolutely clear that when medicine is not given for therapeutic reasons, it should not be given and physicians will be protected from those suits or claims,” Senate Judiciary Chair Charles Trump said Saturday.

The bill was approved unanimously and now heads the House of Delegates.