New guidelines for opiod prescriptions were approved by Ohio Governor John Kasich, in an attempt to reduce the number of opiates getting into the hands of addicts.  Highlights of Ohio’s new opiate prescribing guidelines and limits for acute pain include:
•    No more than seven days of opiates can be prescribed for adults.  (Patients have 14 days to fill their prescription.)
•    No more than five days of opiates can be prescribed for minors.
•   Health care providers can prescribe opiates in excess of the day supply limits only if they provide a specific reason in the patient’s medical record.  Unless such a reason is given, a health care provider is prohibited from prescribing opiates that
exceed Ohio’s limits.
•    Except for certain conditions specified in the rules, the total morphine equivalent dose (MED) of a prescription for acute pain cannot exceed an average of 30 MED per day.
•    The new limits do not apply to opioids prescribed for cancer, palliative care, end-of-life/hospice care or medication-assisted treatment for addiction.

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