As state moves to curb prescription opioid abuse, treatment centers focus on recovery

Lawmakers and the governor have made curbing access to prescription opioids a top priority over the last two legislative sessions.

In 2015, Gov. Brian Sandoval spearheaded a bill requiring doctors to check a state database that tracks narcotics prescriptions in order to identify patients who might be doctor shopping — visiting multiple doctors with the aim of obtaining multiple prescriptions for opioids. Last year, another bill backed by the governor and passed by lawmakers dictated the steps doctors must take before writing short- and long-term prescriptions for opioids and required ongoing education for prescribers.