The Governor of Ohio John Kasich and his administration have rolled out the new guidelines to control the prescription writing for opiate painkillers and to monitor the patients when they take this medicine.

According to the governor, he said, “These rules will make a difference, in my opinion. There’s no question they will make a significant difference regarding the addiction capabilities that exist for people who do have this chronic pain.” The rules which are rollout will get implemented through the state of medical, nursing and dental boards and it will take place by this year. The main aim is to increase the communication between all the physicians and patients who are prescribed to take opiate painkillers for the long-term treatment for pain.

The prescriptions for the Chronic pain will subject to calls as checkpoints. These type of inspections will trigger based on the potency of the pain medicine, and the higher is the medicine, the more prescribers will have to write for the patients.  At lowest checkpoint levels, prescribers will have to re-evaluate the status of the patients who are in pain. They will also look into the matter of prescription misuse, and they will consult with the specialist in pain management and to bring the consent in written form, and high levels, the recommendation of consulting with a specialist now becomes a requirement.

According to Mr Kasisch, he said, “If you have chronic pain, you don’t need to worry that somehow your medication will be cut off. The message is you’re going to be treated in an extraordinary way. It’s going to force everyone in that medical world to slow down and think about the individual.  We want to take a look: Is there another way that you can have pain relief?”

In Ohio, more than 4000 people die from the drug overdose in the year 2016. This makes the Ohio second per capita overdose deaths in West Virginia. This was published in a report from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The administration wants to make people aware that they are not taking away the people medication. These new rules will not be applying to the patients who all are staying in the hospital for the treatment or have some terminal condition.


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