West Virginia lawmakers in 2018 passed legislation aimed at reducing the number of opioid prescriptions physicians could write.

Nearly a year and a half after the law went into effect, two researchers are studying the effects of that legislation.

Treah Haggerty and Cara Sedney are hoping to study prescription practices before and after the law took effect and find any differences it's made.

Their research will consist of analyzing 15 months of data before and after June 2018, when Senate Bill 273 took effect. They'll track the number of prescriptions and pills in those prescriptions over that time.

Though laws vary from state to state, the researchers hope the information they gather will help better inform future laws in West Virginia and across the country.

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