(CBS4) — Gov. Jared Polis has vetoed his first bill of the year on Thursday. The bill concerned opioid addiction prevention and would have limited opioid prescriptions.

In a letter, Gov. Polis applauded many efforts of the bill but said it would ultimately boost premiums and cost insurance carriers between $22 and $38 million. Polis said he would not sign further legislation boosting costs.

Sponsors of the bill responded Thursday night, saying the health care and social costs of addicted individuals will be much higher as a result of the veto.

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  1. Chris tatman says:

    Now if it would only change on the federal level. Vets are being told that no one has that much pain. When you ask the VA how are you suppose to feel, not one can give you an answer. Instead of viewing each case individually, they blanket everyone into same group. Then they expect you to deal with the pain by breathing.

  2. Sarah Schaefer says:

    Thank you Gov Polis! The research is VERY CLEAR that the opioid crisis is being caused by ILLEGAL DRUGS, not prescription meds. Even the NIH agrees on this point showing the rate of misuse from prescription opioid meds at 0.1%. The correlation between prescriptions and misuse if 0.08, virtually zero, meaning there is no correlation and without correlation, you certainly cannot get to causation. The FDA has press releases showing we are at the lowest prescribing rates since 2002 and yet the overdose rate continues to rise – due to illegal drugs. The CDC data shows more than 10% of suicides are people with severe intractable pain. So many of them have committed suicide – some graphically to try to get the attention of politicians and the media by lighting themselves on fire in front of the VA. In the last 5 years I personally know 112 people who have chosen suicide because they couldn’t handle the pain when their doctors told them they were no longer prescribing any pain medication at all. People with severe intractable pain are costing society significantly as they are no longer able to get pain medication and thus must quit their jobs, file for disability, assisted housing, need caretakers paid for by medicaid/medicare. There is a huge cost to not taking care of people with severe intractable pain with pain medication.

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