Archambault says he leads the opioid addiction fight

Archambault says he leads the opioid addiction fight

Running for re-election in District 22, Sen. Stephen Archambault, a leader in the state Senate working to curb our state’s opioid epidemic, highlights his successes in the General Assembly.

“Curbing the epidemic of opioid addiction and advancing job-creating economic development are important to Smithfield and to the entire state. While there is much more work to do, I am pleased to report that we are making some progress.”

Over the past two years, he sponsored and passed laws that provide dosage and pill limits upon prescribing opioid-based painkillers, and another requiring the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals to provide a list of treatment providers to state agencies and law enforcement entities to refer people struggling with addiction.

Additional legislation requires opioid prescribing doctors to be current on best practices and require a conversation between doctors and patients about the risks of addiction, and non-opioid alternative treatments, before an opioid-based painkiller is prescribed.