Germantown dad joins Gov. Kasich in battle to stop opioid pill over-prescribing

Germantown dad joins Gov. Kasich in battle to stop opioid pill over-prescribing (WKEF/WRGT)

GERMANTOWN, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A Germantown dad is fighting to stop opioid pill over-prescribing.

Daniel's Law is named after Daniel Weidle, who lost his battle with addiction in 2015.

The proposal, first introduced to the Ohio legislature in March 2017, is being changed to not only deal with short term opioid prescriptions for acute pain, but now long term treatment for chronic pain and Ohio's 107 page lawsuit against the drug companies that marketed the opioids.

"My son Daniel lost his battle with the disease of addiction and that devastated me," Scott Weidle told FOX 45 reporter Kelly May.

Weidle's priorities changed when Daniel lost his fight to stay clean.

"That's pretty much what my drive is now in life because of Daniel."

Scott said his son Daniel used prescription pills and heroin.

Daniel's Law was written to stop addictions from starting with prescription pills.

"This epidemic did not start on the street corners, it started in the doctor's offices," Weidle said.

In 1997, the average opioid prescription was 7 pills.

According to the 2016 OARRS report, the average opioid prescription for acute pain was 65 pills, a more than 800% increase from the 1997 total.

The first draft of Daniel's Law would have enforced CDC prescribing guidelines on Ohio's doctors.

After a re-draft over the summer, Weidle said they want to crack down on both acute and chronic pain.

Similar to Daniel's Law, Governor Kasich's executive order announced in March put a limit on pill prescribing for acute pain.

"We are just going to codify the governor's new rule of the seven day limit at 30 MED," Weidle said.

But, Weidle also said the way the governor's executive rule is written, doctors can override it if they choose.

"There’s a lot of political winds that blow," Weidle said, "In Daniel's Law we inserted a clause that says in the primary care setting there’s a hard line limit at 7 days at 30 MED (Morphine Equivalent Dose) and the doctor can not override that. If the patient needs more than that then maybe a hospital or an ER."

Scott says Daniel's Law now aligns with the state's lawsuit against drug companies, and he hopes legislators get on board.

"He should still be here," Weidle said about his son, "Until we address the same thing that Ohio says in the legal complaint, which is that opioids are not safe for long term use, we'll never get ahead of this problem."

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