COLUMBUS—State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) today applauded the Ohio House passage of his legislation aimed at further defining prescribing guidelines for healthcare professionals and to require health care facilities to offer both addictive and non-addictive painkillers.
"Immediate action must be taken in order to preserve the many lives that are on this destructive path," said Senator Hottinger. "Working together, making the necessary changes to the prescribing guidelines, I believe we can make a difference for the many suffering with an opioid addiction."
Named in honor of Daniel Weidle of Montgomery County who lost his life to an opiate addiction in 2015 after being denied access to life saving, non-addictive medication options to treat his illness.
Opiate addiction is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a public health crisis. Daniel's Law would follow the prescribing guidelines for doctors set by the CDC, which recognizes that addiction often originates from overprescribing for the treatment of acute pain.
The state of Ohio licenses 30,000 health professionals to prescribe opioids but there are only 1,000 treatment facilities in Ohio. The vast majority of those treatment facilities do not offer non-addictive treatment options such as naltrexone which has been proven effective in step therapy for long term success in treating opioid addiction.
The bill will now return to the Senate for a vote on concurrence before heading to the Governor.