Lawmakers approve anti-addiction bill in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Lawmakers have approved legislation proposed by Gov. John Kasich as part of efforts to battle Ohio’s addictions epidemic.

The bill that got final House and Senate Wednesday requires thousands of pharmacy technicians to be registered by the state.

About 42,000 pharmacy technicians currently work in Ohio and are subject only to employer background checks.

Other measures would allow more methadone clinics and permit the state pharmacy board to license sole medical practitioners.

The bill also expands the use of the anti-overdose drug naloxone, sold as Narcan, to schools, homeless shelters, halfway houses and treatment centers.

The legislation also would place a cap of a 90 days’ worth supply on a painkiller prescription and require anyone who doesn’t have that prescription filled after 30 days to get a new one.

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