COLUMBUS— The Senate passed legislation today, sponsored by State Senators Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) and Bob Hackett (R-London), which will help address Ohio’s prescription drug abuse epidemic and fill gaps in care delivery to patients battling addiction.
Senate Bill 119, also known as Daniel's Law, allows pharmacists to dispense the drug naltrexone, used to treat opioid dependence and addiction, if certain conditions are met. This drug could be dispensed up to five days without a prescription in emergency situations.
“We must do everything we can to stop opioid overdoses and the harm it has caused to far too many Ohio families," said Hottinger. “My legislation will further allow medication that can help save lives and get people the treatment they need to break the addiction cycle.”
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.
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.
"We believe SB 119 will serve as another model for other states to emulate, and we are certain that this legislation will save lives," said Ernie Boyd, Executive Director of the Ohio Pharmacist Association.
Senate Bill 119 will now move to the House of Representatives for further consideration.