Gov. Raimondo Signs Legislation To Curb Opioid Crisis

Aug 7, 2017

Gov. Gina Raimondo is slated to sign several pieces of legislation Monday, aimed at curbing the opioid crisis.

The ceremonial signing includes bills to require health professionals to discuss the risk of addiction before they prescribe opioids to patients and stricter penalties for distributing fentanyl.

Fentanyl analogs and synthetic opioids will now become Schedule I and Schedule II controlled substances, meaning they are deemed as having a high risk of dependence and abuse. 

Raimondo has called the opioid overdose the state’s greatest public health crisis.

"I hear stories from families hurt by overdose everywhere I go,” Raimondo said in a statement. “We need every tool at our disposal to meet this challenge."

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and state Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott will join the governor at the ceremony.