Four people are dead in two separate accidents in Central Ohio. In Pataskala, investigators say a head-on collision on East Broad took three lives. One vehicle crossed the center line. Early this morning, the driver of a pick-up truck was killed when he slammed into a tree in a residential area south of Route 104 [...]
Bill Targeting Youth Drug Abuse Clears Legislature
Ohio lawmakers have passed a bipartisan measure aimed at preventing youth drug abuse by requiring a guardian’s consent before a minor is prescribed painkillers.
The bill also would limit supplies of painkillers to minors to three days when another adult authorized by a minor’s parent or guardian, such as a grandparent, gives the required consent. The parent or guardian would still be required to eventually sign the consent form.
The bill was co-sponsored by Republican Rep. Stephanie Kunze, from the Columbus suburb of Hilliard. She has said the issue caught her attention when she learned about a girl who was prescribed addictive painkillers without parental consent and later abused the drugs.
A spokesman for Gov. John Kasich says he plans to sign it.