Doctors and dentists prescribing pain killers or sedatives will be pushed to use the state’s prescription monitoring system to check up on their patients’ medications, under a bill unanimously passed by the Ohio House on Wednesday.
“It’s such a useful tool. We’re trying to drive up participation and allow the prescribers to have better insight into their patients,” said state Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Gallipolis, the bill sponsor.
House Bill 341 will require doctors to sign up by Jan. 1, 2015 to use the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System run by the state pharmacy board and beginning April 1, 2015 they’ll have to check OARRS before prescribing more than a seven day supply of opiates or sedatives. Checks won’t be required for drugs prescribed in hospitals immediately following surgeries or for pain killers prescribed to hospice or cancer patients.
OARRS tracks prescription medications written and dispensed for the past two years. It allows prescribers to guard against addicts who are doctor shopping.
The House also unanimously passed a bill that would require school districts to include in their health curriculum information about opiate and heroin addiction prevention.
State Rep. Terry Johnson, R-McDermott, who is the former Scioto County coroner, said once someone is hooked on opiates or heroin, it requires enormous resources to help them. “Prevention is the key to making this problem manageable in the long term,” he said.
The bills now move to the Ohio Senate for consideration.
By Laura A. Bischoff - Dayton Daily News, Ohio (MCT)
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