New Restrictions On Prescription Painkillers

(Columbus) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to announce new limits on painkiller prescribing as the state fights a worsening addictions epidemic.

     The Republican governor, lawmakers and officials with Ohio health licensing boards scheduled a Thursday news conference to discuss the new restrictions.

     The governor and state medical leaders last year announced guidelines meant to reduce the prescribing of painkillers for short-term pain.

     Ohio authorities continue to look for ways to slow an epidemic that last year killed a record 3,050 Ohioans.

     Republican lawmakers on Wednesday announced legislation that would also put limits on painkiller prescribing.

     Last week Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a $3.5 million program to help the growing number of children taken into state custody because of their parents' addiction.

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