rooms in Ohio agree to tighten up rules on doling out painkillers
May 17, 2012
Ohio - Emergency rooms across Ohio will no longer be an easy stop for
supplies of painkillers under new guidelines announced Monday by Gov.
Republican governor announced a new policy under which emergency rooms
limit prescriptions for opiates and other painkillers to a 72-hour
except in rare cases. The new guidelines agreed to by hospitals with
rooms across Ohio is aimed at keeping prescription drugs out of the
addicts turning to emergency room doctors for prescriptions.
“This is a
really big deal to get emergency rooms to agree that they are going to
protocol so that we aren’t going to allow people to go in there and get
prescriptions,” Kasich told reporters after he announced the new policy
statewide Opiate Summit held in Columbus.
made fighting prescription drug abuse in Ohio a top priority of his
In Scioto County, along the Ohio River, a once thriving trade in
painkillers at a handful of pill mills has been shut down by a
state agencies and law enforcement largely on Kasich’s watch.
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