Ohio House OKs bill targeting youth drug abuse

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio House has approved a bipartisan measure aimed at preventing drug abuse by youth by requiring a guardian's consent before a minor is prescribed a controlled substance.

The House passed the measure Wednesday, and it now goes to the Senate.

The bill would require a youth's parent or guardian to sign a consent form before a health professional issues a non-emergency prescription for a controlled substance.

In a statement, Republican state Rep. Stephanie Kunze (KOON'-zee) of Hilliard says the issue came to her attention when she learned about a girl who was prescribed addictive painkillers without parental consent and later abused the drugs. Kunze says parents have an important role in preventing drug abuse.

Prescribers who ignore the consent requirements could face license suspensions under the measure.