Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed legislation to require pain management clinics to obtain a license, limit the amount of controlled substances that could be prescribed in a certain time frame and create a take-back program for unused drugs, according to a report by the Daily Journal.
The Republican governor has made abuse of prescription painkillers a top priority, visiting an area in southern Ohio that the Drug Enforcement Administration considers an epicenter for prescription painkiller abuse.
The Florida legislature recently approved stiffer penalties for doctors who over-prescribe painkillers and enacted tighter regulation of pharmacies. Other states have been considering similar legislation.
Read the Daily Journal report on prescription abuse.
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