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New rules go into effect Thursday limiting prescription pain medication for acute pain. It’s an effort to have fewer pills in homes and less chance of people becoming addicted.

Governor John Kasich talked about the new rules alongside the state directors who helped create them. He talked about the drop in opiate prescription deaths and prescriptions themselves. Also, that this move is one more step in that direction.

Now, for acute pain, like surgeries, adults will only get a seven day pain medication prescription, children five days.

“I want to make it clear, if you’re a dentist, a doctor, I don’t care who you are, you violate these guidelines, and the medical board will come after you,” said Gov. Kasich.

If it is absolutely necessary, a patient can go back to the doctor for more medication, but the doctor must document why they’re being prescribed.

There are certain cases exempt from the new rules – cancer, palliative care, end of life care, hospice and medication assisted treatment of substance use.

Isn’t this just wonderful? Somebody finally taking responsibility for the drug epidemic. I feel like I’ve been in a bubble for 25 years. Stuff I’m freaking out over, others are like, used to it and moved on to something else. 

And although I know they don’t want to enable users, somebody had to step in and do something. 

Its one thing to see the addicts abusing the system. But when doctors do it by operating pill mills and writing out unnecessary scripts for pain meds that’s another dimension.