With the increased numbers of opioid addictions, claiming more lives every single day, lawmakers around the country are working to implement new rules and strategies in an attempt to fight back. Painkiller and opioid addictions are running rampant and lawmakers are scrambling to put laws in place to improve the health of our nation and stop this epidemic.
Ohio legislators, backed by Governor John Kasich, announced on Thursday, March 30 that they are setting new limits on the amount of opiates doctors can prescribe their patients for acute pain. The governor’s plan allows for five days’ worth of prescription painkillers for children suffering from acute pain and seven days’ worth for adults.
In a press conference with state board regulators in charge of governing pharmacists, dentists, doctors and nurses, Kasich stated that the state regulatory boards will now mandate these new rules. This announcement comes about 14 months after they were first recommended in January of 2016.
“We have made progress, make no mistake, but the progress isn’t enough,” Kasich said Thursday.
Medical professionals are in support of setting more concrete rules for physicians, rather than relying on guidelines. The chair of the state Medical Board of Ohio Dr. Amol Soin commented that,
“We are talking about acute injury or new injuries. Obviously, chronic and long-term pain — different set of rules and guidelines entirely. But for this instance I think it’s good because after seven days, if the patient still has pain, you can re-assess.”
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