North Central Florida legislators file bill to combat opioid problem

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCJB) -- North Central Florida Senators Dennis Baxley and Keith Perry filed a bill to combat the rising use of opioids as painkillers.

The bill would direct the State Department of Health to provide a pamphlet designed to teach patients about alternatives to opioids. It was favorably reported out of its second Senate committee Monday.

Before it makes its way to the house, the bill must make one more committee stop.