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Tougher Opiate Prescription Regulations, Requirements On The Way In Ohio

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A recent report showed Ohio leading the nation in opioid overdose deaths. Now there are big changes on the way for how the state deals with powerful painkillers and drug addiction treatment. 

Gov. John Kasich’s newly approved opiate addiction initiative requires pharmacy technicians to register and get background checks. It requires doctors, veterinarians and dentists who possess controlled substances to get a license from the state pharmacy board.

Republican Representative Robert Sprague of Findlay says the bill also expands access to naloxone, the overdose reversing drug, and caps how long a prescription supply can last.

“I think that this bill, at the end of the day, will be another arrow in the quiver as we begin to get a hold of the heroin in our state,” said Sprague.

The bill had strong bipartisan support. More than 3,000 Ohioans died of opioid overdoses last year, that’s an average of 8 people each day.

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