Prescription drug abuse

Central Ohioans have the chance to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs this weekend.  

The City of Columbus plans to distribute 800 prescription medication disposal bags. 

Many people responding to proposed state rules regulating painkillers for chronic pain patients say those patients should automatically be given prescriptions for anti-overdose drugs. 

Ohio Governor John Kasich has announced new rules for monitoring the prescribing of opioid painkillers. 

Millions of Americans use opioids to relieve pain. But many also struggle with addiction.

This week, a report in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association, found that nonopioid painkillers — like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — were as effective as opioids at treating chronic back, hip and knee pain, and with fewer side effects.

Ohio Public Radio

Dublin-based Cardinal Health says it will work with the state on new rules cracking down on suspicious orders of prescription pain killers and other drugs.

Ohio Public Radio

The state says a record 4,050 people died of drug overdoses last year, driven in large part by the emergence of stronger drugs like fentanyl.

Ohio doctors have reached tentative agreement with the Kasich administration on a proposed rule requiring them to report the specific diagnosis of every patient who receives a prescription painkiller.

Today is the deadline for small medical marijuana cultivators to apply for a state license.

The American Medical Association has listed Ohio as the top state for monitoring prescription drugs. 

Dublin-based Cardinal Health has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by West Virginia authorities alleging it fed the state's opioid epidemic by failing to properly oversee and report significant increases in orders for prescription drugs.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration records show Dublin-based Cardinal Health shipped 241 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to West Virginia between 2007 and 2012.

Ohio Governor John Kasich and a coalition of state medical professionals have announced guidelines meant to reduce the prescribing of opiates for short-term pain.

State lawmakers have introduced a bill designed to help curb Ohio's prescription drug overdose epidemic.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control says Ohio doctors prescribe painkillers at high rates.

Bill Targets Juvenile Prescription Drug Abuse

Jan 16, 2014

The Ohio House has approved a bipartisan measure aimed at preventing drug abuse by youth.

State Launches Anti-Drug Initiative

Jan 9, 2014

Ohio Governor John Kasich says although the state has made progress in fighting prescription drug abuse, it remains a problem.

Bills Would Address Ohio's Drug Abuse Problem

Dec 12, 2013

A group of state lawmakers has proposed a package of 11 bills designed to help address the state's drug abuse problem.

Overdoses driven largely by painkiller addictions have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio.

Holzer Health systems in Gallipolis is hoping a fingerprint collection
program will help it cut down on prescription painkiller abuse.