On Thursday, House Bill 399, legislation which designates the first Friday in May as Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Education Day, was signed into law. The bipartisan proposal was jointly-sponsored by State Representatives Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Robert Sprague (R-Findlay). Inspired by Kyle and April Schalow of Holland, who founded the RX Memorial Foundation inAugust of 2012, the day will help bring awareness to the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
“Designating a day for education and awareness about prescription drug abuse will help inform Ohioans about the dangers of misusing prescription medication–especially pain killers, which are extremely addictive,” said Rep. Sheehy. “Even after the attention surrounding this epidemic lessens, we will still have this day to educate Ohioans about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs.”
Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness & Education Day will occur in conjunction with Substance Abuse Awareness & Education Month, recognized during the entirety of May. HB 399 passed with unanimous support, in the House with a vote of 91-0 in January and in the Senate with a vote of 32-0 in May.