Gov. Deval Patrick has announced several new actions to restrict the availability of the powerful new painkiller Zohydro.
The restrictions include requiring doctors to complete a risk assessment before prescribing it to patients.
The actions come after a federal judge ruled against the governor's ban on the prescription drug.
Patrick has declared a public health emergency in the wake of growing opioid and prescription drug abuse across the state.
"We are in the midst of a public health emergency around opioid abuse and we need to do everything in our power to prevent it from getting worse," said Patrick. "The broad actions we are taking to address the opioid epidemic will help save lives and give families struggling with addiction new hope."
In response to the problem, Patrick has made the overdose reversal drug Narcan accessible to multiple state agencies and dedicated $20 million to treatment and recovery centers.
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