Ohio House Bill 93 (‘pill mill’ bill), signed into law by Governor Kasich Friday, May 20, aims to combat prescription drug abuse by reducing the prevalence of pill mills.
Pill mills market themselves as “pain clinics” but operate in a manner far different from the balanced approach to pain. Pill mills are playing a major role in accelerating and exacerbating the prescription drug addiction epidemic and accidental death by pain medication in the United States.
In Ohio alone, four residents die every single day from prescription drug overdose. In addition, accidental drug overdose by prescription drugs is the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, surpassing car crashes.
Pain Management Group has a balanced approach to pain, treating patients through a combination of diagnostics, minimally invasive outpatient procedures, physical modalities and therapy, while decreasing the focus on prescription medication. If prescription drugs are included in a balanced pain treatment plan, the focus becomes managing those medications for optimal patient benefit.
Overview of House Bill 93
- Enhances the current Ohio Automated Rx Review System (OARRS) to assist health-care professionals in identifying drug-seeking behaviors
- Limits prescribers’ ability to personally furnish certain controlled substances
- Enacts Medicaid reforms to improve consumer education and allow for better care coordination
- Improves licensing and law enforcement for pain-management clinics
- Develops a statewide prescription drug “take-back” program
- Modifies the definition of “pain management clinic”
- Extends delay on the prohibition on pain management operation without a license by 30 days
- Grants permission for the Bureau of Works Compensation to access OARRS
Pain Management Group is speaking openly about House Bill 93.
The mission of Pain Management Group is to return patients to a life uninterrupted by pain. With this in mind, it is our philosophy that a balanced approach to pain management is the best option for providing patients with pain care they need and deserve.