Drug addiction is a pervasive issue that affects many Ohioans on a daily basis. As individuals and families struggle together to conquer this disease and mediate on its devastating effects, it is crucial that the State of Ohio provides ways to conquer the negative impacts this problem creates in our communities. The Ohio House has been working diligently to pass legislation to improve the quality and spectrum of care on all levels for those suffering from substance abuse issues, with the ultimate intention of diminishing the epidemic as a whole. The House has also worked to prevent the addiction from happening in the first place.

One area that we must closely monitor is drug addiction among our young people. An opioid dependence could alter the rest of someone’s life, and we have to remain committed to ensuring that we work to protect our children from these kinds of substances in every way possible.

House Bill 314 was passed in June and it requires prescribers to obtain informed parental or guardian consent for minors to receive a controlled substance containing opioids. According to the legislation, the consent form for the controlled substances—which have the potential of being abused—would be separate from other documents seeking consent for treatment and be maintained in the minor’s medical record. The form would include the number of refills that a prescriber has authorized as part of the prescription.

The consent form includes an assessment of the minor’s mental health and substance abuse history, discussion with the minor and guardian about the risks of taking a controlled substance and signature of the parent of guardian. House Bill 314 additionally specifies that a prescriber who fails to comply with these consent requirements is subject to disciplinary actions by their licensing board.

I am proud to support this legislation as it is one common sense solution to the drug abuse problem among our youth. Our kids have the rest of their lives ahead of them and it’s important we do our very best to protect them from the harmful ramifications that drug abuse and addiction cause.


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