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Another Step Toward Tackling Ohio's Opioid Epidemic

COLUMBUS - Ohio has a relentless, unyielding problem—opioid abuse and addiction. It has infiltrated numerous families without regard to race, socioeconomic status or geographic location. This is exactly why it has been so difficult to get in front of the issue, putting Ohio in the crosshairs of a national crisis. Most of us know someone impacted by this epidemic, whether it is a first responder on the front lines or a coworker who recently discovered that their child is struggling with addiction.

However, despite the fact that this issue is still running rampant throughout Ohio, leaders from state and local governments have collaborated to find solutions that will lift our families and communities out of this dark plague. Whether it’s cracking down on the pill mills that created a prescription drug abuse problem, providing nearly $900 million in funding to combat addiction or increasing access to lifesaving medication, the state legislature in particular has made the battle against the opioid epidemic a top priority.

Most recently, I was proud to support the General Assembly’s passage of Senate Bill 319, comprehensive legislation that addresses many of the key concerns associated with this epidemic. An important component of this bill is that it restricts the prescription of opioids to outpatients, specifying that no more than a 90-day supply can be dispensed by a pharmacist or pharmacy intern and that such a prescription cannot be filled more than 14 days after its issuance. These limitations help to further prevent the overuse and abuse of prescriptions painkillers, a matter that has contributed to Ohio’s overall opioid epidemic.

The legislation also contributes to the state’s effort to save lives and connect the addicted to treatment options. By increasing access to naloxone, overdose-reversal medication, more individuals can receive the care they need. Senate Bill 319 specifically makes naloxone more readily available for administration at locations that serve at-risk populations. The bill also removes restrictions on the maintenance of methadone treatment facilities, making them easier to operate and provide care for those struggling with abuse and addiction.

The provisions I discussed above are only a few of the lifesaving measures included in Senate Bill 319. The bill is another step in a multitude of efforts toward taking Ohio’s opioid epidemic head on to find solutions that eliminate drugs from our streets and schools, get those who are addicted the proper care, and discipline the drug dealers whose actions are destroying many of our families. As the state legislature heads into a new legislative session, I’m looking forward to being a part of further discussion on how we can all come together to eliminate this issue for good. We can all do our part to speak up and start talking about this. It will take a united, grassroots effort from all of us to take back our towns, restoring a bright future of new possibilities for all of our fellow citizens.

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