Gov. Kasich puts rule in place to limit number of opioids doctors can prescribe

Gov. Kasich puts rule in place to limit number of opioids doctors can prescribe (WKEF/WRGT)

OHIO (WKEF/WRGT) - Eleven people a day are dying from accidental overdoses in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The state just completed it's report on 2016 deadly overdoses, total loss of life recorded at 4,050 dead, which is up from 2015 when the state saw 3,050 overdose deaths.

The report was released in August due to it's sheer volume and the length of time for toxicology results to come in.

The statistics are one of the reasons why Governor John Kasich is putting a new rule in place starting August 31, that will limit the number of prescription opioids doctors can prescribe.

The governor's office said in a release, "Because most nonmedical users of prescription opiates obtain them from friends and relatives for free and 74 percent of those who died of a drug overdose in 2015 had a previous controlled substance prescription, we know that shutting down this avenue to addiction it an essential prevention strategy."

The rule aims to stop excess pills from making their way to the streets.

"When you're dispensing this stuff, in some aspects its like walking around with a loaded gun. You have a responsibility to do this the right way," said Governor Kasich at a press conference Wednesday morning.

The rule would cut off the chain of addiction at it's source, imposing a 7 day supply of opioids for adults, a five day supply for kids.

A Germantown dad who lost his son to an overdose says the rule isn't enough.

"Unlike the border, unlike the cartels, we can control the amount of medical opioids that should be prescribed," said Scott Weidle.

Weidle lost his son Daniel to an overdose after his struggle with opioid addiction.

"I started this effort because of the passing of my son Daniel," Scott said about 'Daniel's Law', "It's something that's my 'why' in life now."

Weidle said the governor's rule is a step in the right direction, but it's not an absolute solution.

"It certainly falls short," Weidle said, "What the new rule does is allow every medical clinician to override the seven day limit, and that's a little bit of an issue for me and my side of the fence."

While the governor has the rule, Weidle has 'Daniel's Law,' which would make CDC prescribing guidlines the law in Ohio.

weidle said according to the OARRS system for prescription reporting in Ohio, the average amount of opioid pills per prescription in 2016 is 65 pills, with an average of 144 pills per quarter.

Ohio's opioid prescription for chronic pain guideline is 480 pills every 30 days.

The 1997 average opioid prescription was 7 pills.

Daniel's Law would follow the CDC guideline of 3 days, or about 30 opioid pills.

"You can go to your doctor and if you have an acute pain issue you might get limited to a seven day supply, but if you go to your doctor and say my back has been hurting for three months, the doctor can prescribe you opioids for years," Weidle said.

Weidle also said chronci pain is where the governor's rule falls short.

But, with his son Daniel at heart, he said, "Daniel's law and this executive order has the same goals in mind, we're fighting for the same issues."

Under Kasich's rule, health care providers can prescribe more than the 7 day limit for opioid pills if they record their reason.

Kasich said if doctor's dont follow the new rule the'll have to answer to the medical board.

Daniel's Law is continuing to make it's way through the Ohio House and Senate.

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