Ohio House OKs bill targeting youth drug abuse

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has approved a
bipartisan measure aimed at preventing drug abuse by youth by requiring a
guardian’s consent before a minor is prescribed a controlled substance.
The House passed the measure Wednesday, and it now goes to the Senate.
The
bill would require a youth’s parent or guardian to sign a consent form
before a health professional issues a non-emergency prescription for a
controlled substance.
In a statement, Republican state Rep.
Stephanie Kunze of Hilliard says the issue came to her
attention when she learned about a girl who was prescribed addictive
painkillers without parental consent and later abused the drugs. Kunze
says parents have an important role in preventing drug abuse.
Prescribers who ignore the consent requirements could face license suspensions under the measure.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has approved a
bipartisan measure aimed at preventing drug abuse by youth by requiring a
guardian’s consent before a minor is prescribed a controlled substance.
The House passed the measure Wednesday, and it now goes to the Senate.
The
bill would require a youth’s parent or guardian to sign a consent form
before a health professional issues a non-emergency prescription for a
controlled substance.
In a statement, Republican state Rep.
Stephanie Kunze of Hilliard says the issue came to her
attention when she learned about a girl who was prescribed addictive
painkillers without parental consent and later abused the drugs. Kunze
says parents have an important role in preventing drug abuse.
Prescribers who ignore the consent requirements could face license suspensions under the measure.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights
reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or
redistributed.