State Representative Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed legislation that would require a prescriber to receive a signed form of consent from a parent or guardian of a minor before issuing a prescription for the minor to have a controlled substance.

Under the provisions of House Bill 314, 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.

“Prescription drug abuse is a major problem all across Ohio, especially in our region,” Rep. Hill said. “This legislation will help curb some of that abuse by limiting the amount of painkillers that are available outside of the doctor’s office, and help ensure that parents are taking a more active role in the well-being of their children.”

A prescriber who fails to comply with the consent requirements could have his or her license to practice suspended for at least six months by a regulatory board and face up to a $20,000 fine.

The bill will now move to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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