VIDEO - Sen. Coons: “Just my small state of Delaware lost more than 300 people who died in drug overdoses last year.”

Sen. Chris Coons today questioned witnesses in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. The purpose of the hearing was to examine the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act, passed in 2016, and potential unintended consequences.

“Delaware, under the leadership of our Attorney General, Matt Denn, recently enacted new regulations that allow prescribers to better monitor each opioid prescription and limit an adult from receiving a first-time prescription for more than seven days, except under exceptional circumstances. That's led to a 12% decrease in the number of opioid prescriptions just since April 1. Shouldn't we be looking at some of the positive, innovative work that's being done in states like Delaware?”