PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A state lawmaker has introduced a bill to require signs at pharmacies to warn people about the risks of taking opioids.
It's the first bill submitted by Rep. Justine Caldwell. Caldwell, a Democrat, was elected in November to represent residents in East Greenwich and West Greenwich.
Caldwell says that given the scale of the opioid epidemic, the state should use every available means to ensure that people who are prescribed opioids have the information they need to prevent dependence. She says the signs would be part of a wider response.
The signs would be similar to warnings for tobacco products. The bill, submitted Thursday, isn't expected to result in any significant cost to the state.
The bill's co-sponsors include several House leaders. The House Corporations Committee will consider it.