Legislation to enact a pilot program in pharmacies for tamper-resistant containers has passed the Ohio House, State Reps. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay, and Tim Ginter, R-Salem, the legislation’s sponsors, announced Wednesday.
House Bill 231 would require the State Board of Pharmacy, contingent upon an appropriation from the Ohio General Assembly, to administer a two-year pilot program that would dispense schedule II controlled substances in lockable or tamper-evident containers. Schedule II drugs include narcotics like oxycodone, hydrocodone and fentanyl.
The goal of the legislation is to cut down on misuse of prescription drugs by reducing the accessibility of the medications and the threat of theft.
“Pilfering is a common means for people, especially young people, to access prescription medications that are not prescribed to them,” Ginter aid.
The bill would also require the State Board of Pharmacy to reimburse pharmacies for the cost of participating in the program, which includes expenses related to the special packaging for eligible prescriptions.
House Bill 231 will now move on to the state Senate.