Patients would be limited to three days worth of prescribed opioid painkillers in most cases under a bill that passed the Florida House this week.
The measure (HB 21) passed the House unanimously on Thursday. It still needs approval from the Florida Senate.
The proposed legislation limits the opioid prescriptions to alleviate acute pain to a three-day supply, or a seven-day supply if the doctor thinks it medically necessary.
The bill excludes pain related to cancer, terminal illness, palliative care and serious traumatic injury from the limits.
Massachusetts in 2016 passed the first limits on opioid prescriptions in an effort to reduce dependence and abuse and by the end of 2017 at least 24 states had passed some sort of legislation trying to limit their over-use.