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Consent form required for prescribing opioids to minors as of Sept. 17

As of September 17th, Ohio law requires a “Start Talking!” consent form for prescribing opioids to minors before a prescriber issues the first prescription containing an opioid to a minor, unless it is a medical emergency or a specific exception applies.

This requirement is included in Section 3719.061, Ohio Revised Code, enacted through HB314. The “Start Talking!” form is separate from any other document used to obtain informed consent for treatment provided to the minor. The law also created Section 4731.22 (B)(48), Ohio Revised Code, which makes failure to comply with the “Start Talking!” requirements a basis for disciplinary action by the Medical Board.

The Medical Board developed a model “Start Talking!” consent form that licensees may use to meet this new requirement. Download the “Start Talking! Consent Form.”


Source: State Medical Board of Ohio

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