Ohio cracks down on nursing home drug abuse

(AP) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is ready to announce a plan to combat the theft of prescription drugs in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

The announcement planned for Tuesday is one of several state initiatives aimed at reducing the abuse of prescription painkillers, which has led to record numbers of accidental overdose deaths in Ohio.

Another recent proposal targets emergency rooms and their role in contributing to the large numbers of prescription painkillers disbursed in the state.

DeWine will give examples of nursing home employees stealing drugs from residents, talk about ways to prevent such thefts and explain the effects of the illegal activity on sick patients.

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