Calley signs Schuitmaker legislation to curb prescription drug abuse

LANSING, Mich. — A bipartisan effort aimed at curbing prescription drug addiction and overdoses received final approval from Lt. Gov. Brian Calley Wednesday afternoon.

State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, the lead sponsor of both bills, said she was thrilled to see this measure signed into law.

“These new laws will save countless lives,” she noted. “Doctors will have the opportunity to review a patient’s full controlled substance prescription history before making a decision to prescribe addictive drugs.

“Countless families have been devastated from the current opioid epidemic. Approval of these bills is just one step the state has taken to combat this public health crisis.”

Senate Bills 166 and 167 are now Public Acts 248 and 249 of 2017.

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Editor’s note: A print-quality photograph from Wednesday’s bill signing is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at: www.SenatorTonyaSchuitmaker.com. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.

PHOTO CAPTION: State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, joins members of Gov. Rick Snyder’s Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force along with other medical and law enforcement professionals involved in the legislation’s success. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signed Senate Bills 166 and 167 into law on Wednesday.