Rep. Faber Announces Passage Of Legislation To Help Curb Ohio’s Opioid Crisis
Official release posted here.
COLUMBUS—State Representative Keith Faber (R-Celina) today announced that the Ohio House has passed House Bill 231, legislation sponsored by Reps. Tim Ginter (R-Salem) and Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) that would enact a pilot program in pharmacies for tamper-resistant containers.
House Bill 231 would require the State Board of Pharmacy—contingent upon an appropriation from the General Assembly—to administer a two-year pilot program that would dispense schedule II controlled substances in lockable or tamper-evident containers. Schedule II drugs include narcotics like oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and more. The goal of the legislation is to cut down on misuse of prescription drugs by reducing the accessibility of the medications and the threat of theft.
“Many drug abusers started by abusing a family member’s prescriptions,” Faber said. “This bill makes it more difficult for diversions of prescription drugs that lead to such abuse.”
The bill would also require the State Board of Pharmacy to reimburse pharmacies for the cost of participating in the program, which includes expenses related to the special packaging for eligible prescriptions.
House Bill 231 now awaits consideration by the Senate.