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Narconon reminds families that abuse of heroin and opioid drugs has become a national health crisis. Learn to recognize the signs of heroin abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk.

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A new rule governing the prescribing of opioids to treat Ohioans injured on the job took effect Oct. 1, 2016.

The changes target the prevention of opioid dependence by encouraging appropriate prescribing by physicians certified by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC).

“This is a major step forward in protecting the health and safety of Ohio’s injured workers,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. “While opioids often play an important and necessary role in recovery from a workplace injury, long-term use can become a hindrance to recovery. This rule provides oversight essential to balancing the appropriate care required for recovery and overprescribing that endangers the health of injured workers.”

Reimbursement for opioid prescriptions will now be limited to claims in which current best medical practices are followed. Those practices include the development of an individualized treatment plan, risk assessment and close monitoring of the progress and improvement in function of the worker. The goal is to ensure best practices are followed at the onset of an injury and throughout the course of treatment.

BWC will also now provide treatment for opioid dependence that arises from the use of opioid medications covered by BWC. Treatment for dependence could include psychological counseling and medication assisted treatment for recovery. Finally, a new peer-review process addresses a prescriber’s failure to comply with best practices. Corrective action steps range from warning letters to decertifying physicians from BWC’s network of approved providers.

BWC began making improvements to its pharmacy program in 2010. Since the creation of BWC’s first-ever formulary, there has been an ongoing reduction in prescriptions for opiates, as well as commonly overused drugs. Total opioid doses have decreased by 18.9 million, or 44 percent, since 2010.

Columbus Public Health says 27 heroin overdoses reported in past 24 hours.

Columbus police and fire, overwhelmed by a number of overdose calls, issued a warning about a potentially lethal batch of heroin being sold on the streets.

Nine opiate overdose cases occurred on Sept. 28, 2016, a number of them in the Linden neighborhood within a short distance of each other, said Sgt. Rich Weiner, spokesman for the Columbus police in a press release.

No deaths have occurred.

Update: Columbus Public Health officials now say there have been 27 reported heroin overdoses in the past 24 hours in Columbus. Two of those overdoses were from people who “re-overdosed” after they were originally treated, said Assistant Fire Chief Jim Davis. One of those overdoses occurred 30 minutes after the patient was released from the hospital.

The STOP Act, Companion Legislation to Sen. Portman’s Bill, Closes Loopholes and Stops Dangerous Synthetic Drugs From Being Shipped Across our Borders.

In a Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee hearing, Congressman Pat Tiberi highlighted the STOP Act, bipartisan legislation he introduced that is designed to stop dangerous synthetic drugs from being shipped through our borders to drug traffickers in the United States. Specifically, the STOP Act would require shipments from foreign countries through the U.S. Postal Service to provide electronic advance data—such as who and where it is coming from, who it is going to, where it is going, and what is in it—to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) before crossing the U.S. border.

Rep. Pat Tiberi said, “Recently, a dangerous spike in overdoses hit our own communities in Cincinnati, Columbus and across Ohio because of the extreme potency of synthetic drugs mixed with heroin. The STOP Act would enhance the U.S. Postal Service’s process of tracking shipments from foreign countries to detect illicit and counterfeit goods, like synthetic drugs such as fentanyl and carfentanil, and stop them from crossing our borders into the United States.

“In Ohio, we must stand on a united front to fight the opioid epidemic and save more lives. I’m thankful for Senator Rob Portman’s leadership and I look forward to building support for this important legislation in the House.”

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