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Florida Legislature passes bill to combat opioid epidemic

Florida will institute prescription limits on opioids and increase funding for treatment under a bill passed by the state Legislature on Friday.

The legislation to combat the state's opioids crisis — which claims the lives of at least 16 Sunshine State residents per day — was a top priority of Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature before the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were killed.

The bill, which heads to Scott's desk, was passed during the final hours that non-budget bills could be considered in this year's session after the House and Senate agreed to final details on funding. Since the bill has all the things that Scott...