“Start Talking!” Form Required Starting September 17

Beginning September 17, Ohio law will require 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 HB 314. 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 State Medical Board of Ohio has developed a model Start Talking! consent form that licensees may use to meet this new requirement. Download the Start Talking! consent form here

The Pollen Line is now closed. See you in the spring!

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