In light of the opioid crisis effecting much of Ohio, Governor John Kasich has recently signed into law a change in the rules in how prescribing painkillers will be done. Doctors, dentists, and other health professionals will be able to prescribe only up to seven days of painkillers for adults and five days for children and teens. As with everything, there are exceptions – hospice, cancer, or medication-assisted addiction patients may be prescribed a different dose.
The Governor made it very clear that doctors, dentists, physician assistants, and others who prescribe the drugs are required to include the diagnosis or procedure code on all opioid prescriptions beginning December 29, 2017 or you will face discipline and sanctions. The reporting procedures are necessary to help track whether people are being overprescribed.