State Rep. Cera legislation advances

COLUMBUS– State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) supported a measure before the Ohio House of Representatives last week, calling for school districts to include instruction on the dangers of prescription opioid abuse. Cera, a co-sponsor of House Bill 367 noted that it received bi-partisan support with a vote of 93-1.

According to information shared with Rep. Cera, the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio has been drug overdose. Prescription opioids account for more deaths than cocaine and heroin combined. Modern opioids include drugs such as Vicodin, Kadian, Avinza, OxyContin and Percocet. When used improperly, these drugs can be highly addictive.

“Many of these types of drugs can be found in the home because they are often prescribed after a sports injury or surgery,” said Rep. Cera. “It is unfortunate that percent of children in grades 7-12 feel these medications are safer than street drugs because they are prescription drugs. This epidemic is a danger to Ohio’s youth, and prevention through instruction can help save lives.”

House Bill 367 Requires the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team to make recommendations for instruction in prescription opioid abuse prevention and submit these recommendations to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) by July 1st. The ODE will be required to post the recommendations on their website for easy review by school districts, parents and students.