A local father fighting to end the heroin epidemic

MIAMI VALLEY-- A local dad is fighting for opiate prescribing changes after losing his son to a heroin overdose.

Daniel's law, named after Daniel Weidle of Germantown, would force Ohio doctors to follow CDC guidelines when they prescribe opiates to patients.

The bill is expected to be introduced on both sides of the Ohio legislature this week.

"For Ohio not to follow the CDC guidelines is negligence," said Daniel's dad Scott to Fox 45 reporter Kelly May.

Scott Weidle said Daniel was 29 with two kids when he died of a heroin overdose. He said Daniel was trying to find a new doctor to continue prescribing his life saving Vivitrol shot that kept him clean from opiate use.

"Even after Daniel being gone I realize there's a lot that he taught me," Scott said.

After the tragic loss, Scott did extensive research to get to the root of the opiates and heroin epidemic's in Ohio. He says it is directly linked to the overprescribing of pain pills by Ohio physicians.

"How can the state pharmacy board, how can the state medical board and forth over prescribing if there's not a speed limit? They can't and that's the problem," Scott said.

Drafting of Daniel's law is complete, and would require Ohio doctors to follow CDC guidelines established in March 2016 for prescribing for acute pain.

"The Ohio opiate guidelines established no speed limit for the doctor to follow, he can prescribe whatever he wants," Scott said.

The CDC regulations say less than a three days supply at 50 MED, which would equal out to be approximately 24 pills per prescription Scott said.

Citing an Ohio OARRS (Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System) report from 2016, Scott said ohio's average is 67 pills per prescription.

Daniels law would also take down barriers to treatment, by making all primary care doctors open their doors to treating addicts.

"If you give a medication that causes a symptom you should treat that person for that symptom, as simple as that," Scott said.

Scott said it was the lack of treatment options that ultimately lead to the loss of his son Daniel.

"I've seen it over and over and over and my heart broke for him because of that stigma," Scott said, "that's created inside the medical community, so he shared that with me, I'm trying to break that glass."

Daniels law would also allow people needing intensive outpatient treatment classes to take them online to accommodate work and school schedules.

Stay with Fox 45 as the bill is introduced in both the Ohio house and senate.

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