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Ohio continues to crack down on prescription drug abuse
The state has partnered with Kentucky to track medical prescriptions

Alison Ritchie

Ohioans addicted to prescription drugs are now going to find it’s harder for them to get their drugs in Kentucky, and Kentuckians with the same addiction are going to find it’s harder for them to buy prescription medicine in Ohio. That’s because the two states are now sharing a computer system that tracks medical prescriptions. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine tells statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen the link-up will make it harder for addicts to get multiple prescriptions for the same pain-killers.

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A newly-passed Ohio law includes other ways to crack down on prescription drug abuse. For example, it requires that pain clinics be licensed by the state. Also, doctors who prescribe additive pain killers won’t be allowed to dispense the drugs.

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ALL people that have a prescription filled for a controlled substance are included in this database. Remember this next time you go to the dentist to have a tooth pulled. No warrant or probable cause needed or requested.

Posted by: James on August 11, 2011 8:08AM
I couldn't agree more that the perscription drugs are getting abused

Posted by: Rick G. (Sugar Grove, Ohio) on August 10, 2011 10:08AM
its so bad that im thankfull they need to hook up with florida to we have lost so many to prescription drugs cause kids think there safe and adults like the buzz but it the people who get the pills and sell them that keep the additions going i think if you get a prescription's of any narcotic then they should be tested more often to make sure they are not selling them and i think there should be a system like we have for missing kids these kids are havin parties called pill partys and they take what ever they can from there parent medicine cabnets dump them into a bowl and where talking blood pressure pills with oxys in the same bowl. but alot of local polititions have stock in those pain managment clinic so arent they considerd drug dealers

Posted by: heather (ohio) on August 10, 2011 7:08AM
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