MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC)- A bill which will give nurse practitioners and midwives the authority to write prescriptions for some controlled substances is a step closer to becoming law in Alabama.
Today a House committee voted for the bill sponsored by Jasper Senator Greg Reed. The bill has already cleared the Senate.
A nurse practitioner is a nurse who is trained to see and treat patients but in Alabama they can't prescribe certain drugs that they can't under current law. Reed wants to change that.
"If you allow folks to be treated especially in rural areas, in clinics staffed by practitioners in their communities, then that means their patients don't have to wait until their health issue is more serious," Reed said.