The unintended consequence of shutting down southern Ohio’s “pill mills” and the overprescribing of pain medication throughout the state was the surge in heroin usage. Hamilton County’s heroin epidemic is also partly attributed to its location on the interstate highway system to the trafficking that follows.
Recommended activities to cut the supply of illegal opioids and unneeded prescription pain medication include:
Increasing enforcement of current opioid laws and regulations with a focus on large scale dealers.
Increasing adherence to prescription drug monitoring programs.
‘Take Back’ Days
Creating “Take Back” days for unused prescriptions. Addiction knows no boundaries.