COLUMBUS—State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) joined State Senator Bob Hackett (R-London) today to introduce legislation aimed at further defining prescribing guidelines for healthcare professionals and to require health care facilities to offer both addictive and non-addictive painkillers.

"Immediate action must be taken in order to preserve the many lives that are on this destructive path," said Senator Hottinger. "Working together, making the necessary changes to the prescribing guidelines, I believe we can make a difference for the many suffering with an opioid addiction." 

Opiate addiction is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a public health crisis. Daniel's Law would follow the prescribing guidelines for doctors set by the CDC, which recognizes that addiction often originates from overprescribing for the treatment of acute pain.  

Named in honor of Daniel Weidle of Montgomery County who lost his life to an opiate addiction in 2015 after being denied access to life saving, non-addictive medication options to treat his illness. 

"Ohio leads the nation in opiate deaths, both in prescription drug and heroin overdoses," said Senator Hackett. "Daniel's Law is in response to this horrific epidemic and seeks to prevent further loss of life and the ongoing destruction of our communities."

The state of Ohio licenses 30,000 health professionals to prescribe opioids but there are only 1,000 treatment facilities in Ohio. The vast majority of those treatment facilities do not offer non-addictive treatment options such as naltrexone which has been proven effective in step therapy for long term success in treating opioid addiction.
 
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