Senator Burke: Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse In Ohio
By State Senator Dave Burke
February 15, 2012
 
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In 2011, the General Assembly took a major step in fighting a growing epidemic facing Ohio - prescription drug abuse. I took great pride in working with State Representative Terry Johnson to pass House Bill 93 - an effort to eliminate prescription drug abuse that has already destroyed too many Ohio families. No region in the state has been hit harder by this epidemic than southern Ohio. With more than 1,400 deaths in 2009, drug overdoses topped auto accidents as the number-one cause of death in Ohio. With that, we have an obligation to continue to identify and prosecute these unscrupulous doctors. Since the enactment of House Bill 93, 13 pill mills have been shut down throughout our communities. Without question, this legislation is already providing greater safety to our friends and families. Now as a member of the Ohio Senate, I will continue to seek new ways to end prescription pill abuse and limit the availability of other dangerous substances like bath salts and K2 spice. As a pharmacist and a father, fighting to protect our children from the perils of drug abuse remains one of my top priorities. Currently, I am sponsoring legislation that will impose tougher penalties on those who continue to feed addiction by doling out excessive amounts of potentially dangerous drugs. This measure also looks to provide the State Medical Board with the authority to inspect and shut down those pain clinics that are operating illegally. Last year was marked by a simple and crucial theme for Ohio's well-being: reform and recovery. From unprecedented tax relief and changes to our criminal sentencing process to a streamlining of Ohio's regulatory authority, our state has witnessed great change in recent months. However, as our economy continues to rebound, we must never disregard the steps that are needed to maintain the health and safety of Ohio's residents. By taking this fight right to the source, we are saving lives and insulating families from the pain of drug addiction. I look forward to continue advocating on behalf of this issue, as well as all others that will help to improve the daily lives of Ohioans.
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 www.ohiosenate.gov/dave-burke.
 
 
 
  
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