Mass. lawmakers agree on bill to control opioid addiction

Massachusetts lawmakers in the House and Senate have agreed on a bill targeted at cutting down on opioid abuse in the state.

The bill proposes that first prescriptions of painkillers be limited to a one-week supply. It also proposes that people who overdose should be screened within 24 hours.

Many legislators say it could be a landmark bill that sets the stage for other states. 

This agreement was struck by a six-member conference committee after nearly seven weeks of Gov. Charlie Baker pushing for tougher legislation to help fight the battle against opioid addiction. The Senate will vote on the deal Thursday.

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