Commends State Rep Ginter for work on House Bill 231

To the editor:

Thank you to State Representative Tim Ginter for his work on House Bill 231, which encourages the distribution of lockable pill vials for highly addictive narcotics like oxycodone, hydrocodone and vicodin. I can tell you as his joint sponsor, that Representative Ginterás passion and perseverance in drafting this legislation resulted in it passing the Ohio House on Wednesday with sweeping bipartisan support.

Over 70 percent of those addicted to prescription painkillers say that they got those drugs from friends or family, too often from the medicine cabinets in their own homes.

HB 231 is a positive step forward in the continuing effort to prevent diversion of these highly addictive drugs into the hands of those without a prescription, especially our children. If we’re going to be successful at combating the deadly opioid epidemic, we need to take a comprehensive approach that tackles both treatment and prevention.

HB 231 provides another tool in the toolbox to help reduce lessen the threat of theft and misuse of prescription opioids. It’s my privilege to work with Rep. Ginter on this bill, and I hope you’ll join me in encouraging its swift passage in the Ohio Senate.

State Representative Robert Sprague,,