Daniel's Law heard for the first time in a Senate committee

Daniel's Law heard for the first time in a Senate committee (WKEF/WRGT)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) -- Daniel's Law was heard for the first time in an Ohio Senate committee Tuesday.

It's named after Daniel Weidle of Germantown, who died after relapsing his opiate addiction while trying to find a new doctor to treat him.

The bill, S.B. 119, was introduced in the Senate Health, Human Services, and Medicaid committee.

It essentially limits the dose of opioids that Ohio doctors can prescribe.

Ohio lawmakers said opiate overprescribing is a root cause of the state's heroin epidemic.

"This building, these legislators have the opportunity to flip this on its head and become a leader in medical opioid reform," said Scott Weidle, Daniel's dad.

Weidle has Daniel's picture over his heart as he listened to the bill in Daniel's name be officially introduced.

"He would be happy, he would be tickled," Weidle said about what Daniel would think of the scene inside the senate hearing room.

Scott Weidle's fight to change the law started after losing Daniel to an overdose.

Daniel was 30 years old.

He had been using Vivitrol to stay clean when a lapse in his medical care, caused a relapse in his opiate addiction.

"It's bittersweet and it's taken me a year to get here," Weidle said.

"Daniel had a lot of things going for him," said Sen. Bob Hackett (R, District 10), "He was a smart kid he was moving up in his dad's business."

Hackett is sponsoring Daniel's Law, saying Ohio leads the nation in deaths from Heroin and prescription overdoses.

Ohio's average prescription contains approximately 67 pills, about a 17 day supply, says Hackett.

Daniel's law seeks to change that by only allowing doctors to prescribe up to a three day supply for acute pain.

"It's not going to fix everything but it might slow down the statistics of next year," said Weidle.

Daniel's Law would follow CDC prescribing guidelines.

"We are now on first base and I'm very happy that we're here," Weidle said.

Now that Daniel's law has been introduced in both the House and Senate, Senator Hackett said they will have to figure out how the bill works with an almost identical administrative reform Governor Kasich introduced in Spring 2017.

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