COLUMBUS—State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) today announced that the Ohio House has voted to concur on changes made by the Ohio Senate to House Bill 314. The legislation, which first passed the House in January of this year, requires prescribers to obtain informed parental or guardian consent for minors to receive a controlled substance containing opioids.

Under the provisions of the bill, 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 also has three components:

  • 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;

  • Signature of the parent of guardian.

“It is clear, in recent years, that opiate addiction and drug abuse is a widespread problem in Ohio,” said Rep Anielski. “The legislation is an important step forward in tackling this epidemic, which affects everyone.”

A prescriber who fails to comply with consent requirements is subject to disciplinary actions by their licensing board. Actions range in severity and may include reprimand, imposition of fines, suspension or revocation of licenses.

House Bill 314 will now go to Governor Kasich to be signed into law.

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