State Representative Richard A. Smith (R-108) has announced the passage in the House of HB 7052, a far-ranging bill which continues efforts by the legislature to address opioid addiction.

Smith represents the communities of Sherman, New Milford, New Fairfield and Danbury.

“Confronting the opioid epidemic that has shattered an unconscionable number of lives in this state is something I pledged during my campaign and made a priority for the 2017 session,” Smith said.

Three key parts of the bill require that prescriptions be transcribed electronically to safeguard against over-prescribing, reducing the maximum number of days for a prescription for minors from seven to five, and allowing patients to request drugs other than opioids to be prescribed.

“I was proud to co-sponsor this common-sense bill and fight for its passage in the House, because while drug abuse is a complicated issue, these are all good steps to reduce the spread of these dangerous prescription medications,” Smith said.

“Everyone knows someone whose lives have been affected by opioid abuse or overdose,” he said. “It is a problem we can no longer ignore or assume it will fix itself. I will continue to look for other erudite ways to address drug abuse.”

The bill, which received bipartisan support, passed 146-0 in the House and was headed to the Senate for consideration.