Ohio Report for Friday, April 24, 2015

Lawmaker Touts Physician Drug Abuse Reporting In Budget, But Stakeholders Question Its Impacts

Rep. Buchy's drug use reporting amendment has prompted debate

Physicians would be able to report patients' illegal drug use to a drug task force or law enforcement under a biennial budget amendment that has drawn concerns from some stakeholders.

Added this week as part of the House Finance Committee's changes to the Fiscal Years 2016- 2017 budget (HB 64*), the language would give doctors permissive authority to report suspected drug abuse to drug task forces and law enforcement in an effort to help connect patients to treatment, amendment sponsor Rep. Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) said in an interview.

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