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Drug Enforcement Administration

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Wright State University are teaming up to host a rally dedicated raising awareness about drug use and prevention.

The "360 Power of You” Rally taking place on October 16, 2017 at the Nutter Center is an education and outreach event on drug prevention. Organizers especially want high school students, their families, and college age students to attend the event.

DEA Special Agent, Rich Isaacson, says for the last decade his agency has worked to develop a more "holistic approach" to dealing with the opioid crises.

State officials have enacted new regulations to curb what they say is overprescribing of opioid painkiller medications to patients who may not really need them
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Beginning this week, Ohio, doctors, dentists and nurses will be required to follow new rules for prescribing opioid medications.

The rules include limits to opioid prescriptions for conditions such as broken bones, sprains and minor surgery to seven days for adults and five days for minors.

The changes are similar to those already enacted in a handful of other states, including Rhode Island, Virginia and New Jersey.

State officials have enacted new regulations to curb what they say is overprescribing of opioid painkiller medications to patients who may not really need them
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The state says the number of prescriptions being written for painkillers continues to fall as Ohio battles a deadly addictions epidemic.

Data released by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy Monday show 701 million painkiller pills were dispensed to Ohio patients last year, down 12 percent from a high of 793 million in 2012.

The data also show a 71 percent decrease in the number of patients going from doctor to doctor in search of drugs thanks to the pharmacy board's computerized reporting system.

Kasich Pushes For Integration Of Pharmacies, State Databases

Oct 27, 2015
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Opiate overdoses were up again last year. Gov. John Kasich is responding by devoting more money to help pharmacists and doctors keep better records.

There are still pharmacists who aren’t using the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System or OARRS - a statewide database to better follow which patients have been prescribed painkillers. 

Gov. John Kasich says he wants to help these medical professionals by integrating OARRS with whatever system they already use to keep records.