Mass. Senate approves substance abuse bill

A bill that would ramp up state efforts to control a growing drug dependency problem won unanimous approval Tuesday in the Massachusetts Senate.

The measure would toughen the state’s prescription drug monitoring program and require pharmacists dispense an interchangeable abuse deterrent drug unless a physician has indicated that a substitution should not be made.

It would also mandate insurers reimburse for substance abuse treatment services delivered by licensed drug and alcohol counselors.

“I was proud to join my colleagues in the Senate today in passing comprehensive legislation that aims to address the substance abuse crisis we face in Massachusetts,” Sen. Marc Pacheco, D-Taunton, said. “Substance abuse touches families from every corner of the commonwealth; we must ensure every citizen has access to the tools that help prevent drug addiction as well as the treatment network that puts those suffering from addiction on the path to recovery.”

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