Did you know that Ohio led the nation in opioid overdose deaths in 2015? Let that sink in for a minute. In a country besieged by a heroin epidemic, our state is leading in overdose deaths. This affects everyone, and Governor Kasich is taking steps to reduce the number of overdose deaths in our future. Here’s an excerpt from The Toledo Blade’s article on the new bills, and we hope you’ll click the link provided to read the full article. The Center For Effective Living has two locations in northeast Ohio and offers treatment for heroin addiction. If you’re using heroin, we hope you’ll reach out for treatment.
Senate Bill 319, sponsored by Sen. John Eklund (R., Chardon), expands access to the anti-overdose drug naloxone to entities such as homeless shelters, halfway houses, schools, and treatment centers that deal with populations at high risk of heroin overdose. It also offers civil immunity to law enforcement officers who carry and use naloxone.
“We have spent a billion dollars on this issue. A billion dollars…,” (Gov. John Kasich) said. “Thank God we expanded Medicaid, because that Medicaid money is helping to rehab people…There are going to be more tools to come, but we’re not going to defeat this just from the top down.”
He made the argument that the real answer is in talking to youths on ball fields and schools about drugs and to stop prescribing so many prescription painkillers in the first place.
The new law closes an exemption in current law that allows sole proprietors in private practice — doctors, veterinarians, dentist, and other health care professionals—to directly distribute medications to patients without oversight from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. Such professionals distributed 6.5 million doses, including 3 million doses of opiates, in 2015.