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Ohio plans crackdown on emergency room prescribing

Published: Mon, May 7, 2012 @ 2:16 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — Gov. John Kasich is announcing plans to limit the prescribing of painkillers through the state’s hospital emergency rooms.

Administration officials believe pain pills are being overprescribed by emergency room doctors and that the numbers need to be reduced.

The state’s Emergency Room Protocols will recommend against prescribing pills for chronic pain and encourage ER doctors to check the statewide prescription database and to be on the lookout for fake IDs.

Ohio saw a record number of drug overdose deaths in the most-recent reporting year of 2010. Such overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the state.

Kasich and his health, aging and drug-addiction department directors made the announcement today at a two-day summit on prescription painkiller abuse in Columbus.


1CassAnn(252 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

The problem is that this is NOT stopping the addicts from getting their hands on drugs! It is just making it very difficult for patients with genuine pain to get medication they need.

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2Letstryagain(218 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

If someone is suffering from chronic pain they are visiting their primary care doctor, or are under the supervision of a hospital's pain management department.

I have been through situations where the primary care doctor is not available, and had the ER not been able to offer some relief the condition would be debilitating.

It does not appear a solution that serves all constituencies has been considered. How about this, registration in a statewide database that shows the patient is under a physicians care. Require frequent renewal of the registration by the primary care physician. It does not have to be hard and complicated, just easy and simple.

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3CassAnn(252 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

You aren't seeing the entire picture. Here is a scenario. Go to the ER with a fractured vertebrae and you deal with a Physician that acts like you are a drug addict and tries to send you home with a mild pain med and no testing. Why? Because back pain is one of the most common complaints a drug addict uses. You go to your primary care physician and he cant change your pain meds until the current improper prescription runs out because of the federal crack down.Testing that should have been done at the ER is done outpatient several days later. Both treatment and proper pain relief is delayed by several days. It has already arrived! They are tying the doctors hands and making actual patients suffer.

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