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Ohio Approves New Guidelines To Curb Opiate Abuse

Monday, May 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

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Ohio has adopted a new policy for emergency rooms and urgent cares when it comes to prescribing opiate pain killers. Dr. Ted Wymyslo of the Ohio Health Department says it’s an agreement among all parties that should be followed in the future.

Wymyslo: “We have a patient information piece that goes along with our prescribing guidelines. You’ll see it on the back of our form. It tells patients what to expect when you come to our facility. By and large, the emergency dept physicians won’t be supplying more than a 3 day supply of opiods or other controlled substances because they want to reconnect people in pain with their primary care provider or some specialist if they’ve had things like fractures or other things so they are buying them time to get to the ultimate care they are seeking”

Emergency rooms are a major source of opiate prescriptions accounting for 39 percent of all those types of drugs prescribed. The Governor’s office says drug overdose is the leading cause of injury death in Ohio and prescription drugs are responsible for many of these fatalities.

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