Intensifying The Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse
Burke Legislation Improves Oversight Of Pain Management Clinics
April 03, 2012
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Senator Burke (right) testifies before the Senate Health, Human Services and Aging Committee.
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Prescription drug abuse has become the number one cause of injury death in Ohio, with more than 1,400 deaths in 2009. Since the enactment of House Bill 93 last year, more than a dozen pills mills have already been shut down in Ohio. Following the passage of legislation last year that addressed the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in Ohio, State Senator Dave Burke (R- Marysville) recently urged his colleagues to support a new bill that builds on efforts to improve patient safety. Together with Senator Capri Cafaro (D- Hubbard), Burke introduced Senate Bill 301 to authorize the State Medical Board to inspect pain management clinics suspected of operating without a license. It would also change criteria for determining whether a facility qualifies for licensure as a pain management clinic. For example, it would allow exemption to clinical research facilities, such as in a university setting and nursing homes who already manage pain in a controlled setting. The bill would provide the State Dental Board the ability to suspend a practitioner's license in order to help weed out unscrupulous providers. "As we continue to fight for Ohioans and their families in this battle over prescription drug abuse, we have identified certain areas where the law can be strengthened and modified," Burke said. "The changes made by Senate Bill 301 will improve compliance by providers and assist authorities in investigating illegal pill mills."
Senator Burke represents the 26th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses all of Crawford, Logan, Marion, Sandusky, Union and Wyandot counties as well as portions of Ottawa and Seneca counties. For more information, please visit
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