Germantown father fighting for new law after son's overdose death
GERMANTOWN, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – A new law expected to be introduced in the week of March 26 would limit the number of opiates doctors can prescribe.
The law, called “Daniel’s Law”, was done in part to help curb the opiate epidemic, and is done in honor of Daniel Weidle of Germantown.
His father, Scott Weidle, was expecting to having over his business to him, but Daniel passed away from a heroin overdose while fighting to find a doctor who would provide him with Vivitrol.
Since then, Scott has made it his mission to get to the root of the problem, which he said is opiate overprescribing. He’s working with lawmakers in Columbus to create Daniel’s Law, where Ohio doctors would have to follow CDC guidelines when it comes to prescribing opiates.
He told FOX 45’s Kelly May the average number of pills being prescribed is currently about three times the federal CDC guidelines.
Daniel’s Law would also make doctors who prescribe opiates also offer medications to help addicts get off their prescriptions.
“The medical community does more to contribute to the disease of addiction than to treat the disease of addiction,” Scott said. “We have to flip that scenario. We have to get involved to get them to open their doors, to treat depression, anxiety and any other disease.”