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Bill targeting youth drug abuse clears Legislature

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have passed a bipartisan measure aimed at preventing youth drug abuse by requiring a guardian's consent before a minor is prescribed painkillers.

The bill also would limit supplies of painkillers to minors to three days when another adult authorized by a minor's parent or guardian, such as a grandparent, gives the required consent. The parent or guardian would still be required to eventually sign the consent form.

The bill was co-sponsored by Republican Rep. Stephanie Kunze (KOON'-zee), from the Columbus suburb of Hilliard. She has said the issue caught her attention when she learned about a girl who was prescribed addictive painkillers without parental consent and later abused the drugs.

A spokesman for Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says he plans to sign it.

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