Ohio sets new rules for opioids in the ER

Ohio’s governor has unveiled new guidelines for the prescription of opioids in emergency rooms and urgent care centers in a state where overdoses of such drugs are now the leading cause of accidental death. Gov. John Kasich said the rules establish an emergency department limit of a three-day supply of opiates and encourage emergency room doctors to make use of available state databases to identify abusers.

Emergency rooms are a major source of the nation’s opiate prescriptions, with 39 percent of all opioids prescribed, administered or continued in the U.S. Opioid prescribing for pain-related ER visits rose from 23 percent in 1993 to 37 percent in 2005.

Read more about prescription drug abuse in Ohio here.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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