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Ohio doctors must now offer overdose antidote naloxone to some pain patients

Sunday, February 3, 2019

by Columbus Dispatch

Doctors who prescribe relatively high doses of opioids to treat long-term pain are now required to offer patients an additional prescription — for the overdose antidote naloxone.

The rule, which went into effect in December, is among a handful of new regulations for opioid prescribing in Ohio that aim to increase awareness about the risk of misuse and addiction by strengthening doctor-patient communication.

“We want people to get good treatment, but we want it to be safe,” said Dr. Mark Hurst of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. “The point of all this is to enhance the dialogue between patient and prescriber.”