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Local woman with son battling addiction reacts to new Michigan opioid law

Local woman with son battling addiction reacts to new Michigan opioid law. (Photo: Randi Novak.)

FLUSHING, MICH-- Randi Novak is a volunteer with Families Against Narcotics. Four years ago her son Caleb became addicted to opioids after a doctor prescribed them for chronic headaches.

Novak says her son has been in recovery for 17 months and they take it day by day. Recently a Michigan law was passed that ensures that doctors talk to patients about the dangers of these drugs.


Novak says she wishes this was in place earlier, but is grateful it's around now.

"It's holding doctors accountable, making sure they do their due diligence when it comes to prescribing medicine and maybe they won't use opioids as a first choice. I think it will help a lot," said Novak.


On July 1 there will be another law that goes into effect that will only allow doctors to prescribe a seven day supply of opioids for acute pain.

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