(Columbus, OH) Ohio Gov. John Kasich and medical officials have announced new rules for prescribing painkillers statewide, which represents the latest attempt to stem the opioid epidemic.
The new rules now in place in ohio limit how opioids are prescribed. Doctors and dentists will be limited to only prescribing only seven days worth of opioids for adults in acute pain.
The effort is to reduce the amount of opioids prescribed and curb the number of overdoses across the state. But the rules do not apply to opioid prescriptions that have been written for chronic pain; for cancer, palliative and hospice care; or for medicines that assist with addiction treatment.