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Prescription Pills

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. 

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.

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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.

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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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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

A Columbus man will spend more than six decades in prison for bringing thousands of prescription pills into central Ohio.

Union County Drug Bust

Sep 4, 2012

More than a dozen people are behind bars in Union County, facing a host of charges after a drug sweep on Sunday.