Holland couple clears hurdle to create Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Day

<span id="bIImageViewer_CaptionTextID">April and Kyle Schalow pose with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine during a visit to the Statehouse in December.</span>

A Holland couple is one step closer to seeing a statewide Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness and Education Day in Ohio.

Kyle and April Schalow say that HB 399 passed unanimously in the Ohio House Health and Aging committee on Wednesday.

The legislation, however, needs to clear several more hurdles before becoming law.

If passed, the bill would create an official Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness and Education Day that would be recognized across the state on the first Friday of May.

Rep. Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Rep. Robert Cole Sprague (R-Findlay) jointly introduced the bill earlier this month.

â??Designating a day for education and awareness about prescription drug abuse will help inform Ohioans about the dangers of misusing prescription medication â?? especially the very addictive pain killers,â?? Rep. Sheehy said.

Sheehy says April Schalow and her husband, Kyle, were the inspiration for drafting the bill.

The couple has received local recognition for their activism and has testified before the Ohio House Prescription Drug Addiction and Healthcare Reform Study Committee.

April has told WNWO in the past that she overcame her own addiction to prescription painkillers with the help of her husband.