MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Ohio Representative Jay Edwards ventured to Marietta Friday, to discuss House Bill 167. The law is aimed at battling ohio's drug epidemic through prescription drug reform.
House Bill 167 is known as Daniel's Law, and it works to cut back on overprescribing by limiting the daily dosage physicians can prescribe to no more than 7 days’ worth of narcotic pain pills for adults, and no more than 5 days’ worth for minors.
Health studies show that most drug addicts stem from opioid addiction to start with.
Representative Jay Edwards is looking for local support on House Bill 167.
"The bill does kind of three things. It limits the amount of opoiod prescriptions the doctor can write. It’s CDC guidelines from 3 to 7 days. It allows for doctors to go above this if they want. But they have to offer a treatment option, a non-opiod treatment option, and it allows for anonymous, Internet-based counseling.”
Representative Edwards mentioned the disease of addiction shows no discrimination to age, race, up-bringing or profession.
And he thinks an anonymous support system, such as counseling, is something that is much needed.
Daniel’s Law is named for Daniel Weidle of Germantown, who died of a drug overdose in 2015 after battling addiction for years.
His father, Scott Weidle, who joined Representative Edwards in Marietta, has made it his life’s mission to share Daniel's story, in the hopes of educating others about addiction.
In 2016, more than 3,000 Ohioans died from drug addiction.