Ohio Gov. John Kasich Limits Opioid Prescriptions to Just Seven Days

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich Limits Opioid Prescriptions to Just Seven Days By: Corky Siemaszko The Ohio governor unveiled a plan Thursday that targets the place where experts say many opioid addictions begin — the doctor's office. Gov. John Kasich's order limits the amount of opiates primary care physicians and dentists can prescribe to no more than seven days for adults and five days for minors. In addition to the pill limits, Kasich said the new rules require doctors to provide a specific diagnosis and procedure code for every painkiller prescription they write. And Kasich warned that doctors who don't follow the rules will lose their licenses. "You're going to have to abide by these rules," he said.  

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When Private Pain Becomes a Community Problem

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When Private Pain Becomes a Community Problem How a rural clinic sparked a small-town addiction crisis By: Paige Blankenbuehler On a brisk, sunny day in mid-October, I drove through the affluent suburbs of Craig, Colorado, to a cottage-style house, where I’d been invited to breakfast. Josh Flaharty, a dark-haired 29-year-old with a thick goatee, tattooed arms and a slight potbelly, answered the door and welcomed me inside. Flaharty, whom I’d met the night before, had been out of prison two months and was staying here, at his parents’ house, while he got back on his feet. He led me through the warmly lit home, down a narrow hallway, past woodcarvings of grizzly bears and into the kitchen, where he was making French toast and listening to rap music on a large PC tablet. We spoke briefly about his parents, who were at work, and about his former business building car stereos, which he called Audio Pollution. Before long, though, we were talking about his drug habit and his days as a dealer. Percocet was the easiest drug to find back then, he told me, and selling pills was less risky than heroin. He’d had plenty of practice breaking down opiate painkillers. “They have a coating on them and gel up,” he said. “So what you do is scrape the coating off, cut it into like fourths or eights, put it on a piece of foil, put it in a toaster oven on 400 for about 20 minutes, until it turns into goo, and then put it in the freezer for a second and then throw it in your spoon and heat it up with water.” His hand shook as he dropped a dollop of butter into a sizzling pan. “And it’s exactly like heroin.”  

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Presidential Executive Order Establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

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Presidential Executive Order Establishing the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - ESTABLISHING THE PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION ON COMBATING DRUG ADDICTION AND THE OPIOID CRISIS By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. It shall be the policy of the executive branch to combat the scourge of drug abuse, addiction, and overdose (drug addiction), including opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose (opioid crisis). This public health crisis was responsible for more than 50,000 deaths in 2015 alone, most of which involved an opioid, and has caused families and communities across America to endure significant pain, suffering, and financial harm.  

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