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There's no doubt that opioids have been massively overprescribed in U.S. In the haste to address the epidemic, there's been pressure on doctors to reduce prescriptions of these drugs — and in fact prescriptions are declining. But along the way, some chronic pain patients have been forced to rapidly taper or discontinue the drugs altogether.

Now, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a new message for doctors: Abrupt changes to a patient's opioid prescription could harm them.

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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. 

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy says a Clark County nurse practitioner accused of illegally issuing prescriptions for controlled substances has been indicted on drug trafficking charges. 

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.

There's more bad news about the nation's devastating opioid epidemic.

In just one year, overdoses from opioids jumped by about 30 percent, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The Ohio Board of Pharmacy says the number of painkiller prescriptions continues to decline. 

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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.

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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.