COLUMBUS - 
State Senator Dave Burke (R-Marysville) is proud to announce the final pillar of the "Pill Mill" legislation that he co-sponsored in 2011 with Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott).

 
Earlier this week, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy’s new rules aligning Ohio law with the new federal regulations that were handed down by the Drug Enforcement Administration in October 2014 took effect. 

The new regulations will allow authorized collectors such as manufacturers, narcotic treatment programs, hospitals and clinics with on-site pharmacies and retail pharmacies to collect controlled and non-controlled pharmaceutical drugs from users by voluntarily administering mail-back programs and maintaining collection receptacles.
 
“The new regulations issued by the Board of Pharmacy play a crucial role in achieving the goals of the pill mill legislation,” said Burke. “Now whenever individuals are left with excess medication, or that of a passed loved one, there will be an easy, convenient, and safe process to go about disposing of those drugs. Taking the responsibility to dispose of these drugs is important to protect the health and safety of Ohio's families and communities.”
 
The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy has already played a crucial role in enforcing HB 93 by requiring pain management clinics to be licensed with the Board. The Board’s oversight of the clinics has led to the closing of numerous fraudulent facilities across the state.
 
“I am proud of the efforts of the Board to close down Ohio’s pill mills,” says Steven W. Schierholt, Executive Director of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy. “I look forward to continued collaboration with Governor Kasich, the General Assembly, law enforcement agencies and health care regulatory boards in our mission to prevent the abuse and diversion of controlled substances.”
 
Potential authorized collectors could visit http://pharmacy.ohio.gov/takeback to learn more information about how to become registered for the program with the state.

 
 
 
  
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