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Ohio Regulates Opiate Recovery Clinics

In 2016, the Ohio legislature passed a law that regulates opiate recovery clinics.  Ohio regulates opiate recovery clinics because they wanted a doctor to be ultimately responsible for the conduct and care in such facilities. 

 

Ohio Regulates Opiate Recovery Clinics To Require Physician Ownership

 

Previously, opiate recovery clinics could be owned by people who were not licensed physicians.  Now, a facility that provides opiate recovery treatment that includes drug-administered assistance, such as suboxone, must be owned by an Ohio licensed medical doctor.  Prior to this law, one had to be a doctor to prescribe drugs to wean people off of their drug addiction.  Now, this doctor must also own the clinic in which he or she operates. 

 

Ohio Regulates Opiate Recovery Clinics To Require Specific Licenses

 

Opiate recovery clinics that administer drugs to treat addiction must obtain a license to do so.  Such licensing is called a category III terminal distributor of dangerous drugs license.  The license must also have an office-based opioid treatment classification. 

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Misdemeanor Concurrent Sentences Mandatory

When one is sentenced on both a felony and a misdemeanor, the Ohio Supreme Court has determined misdemeanor concurrent sentences mandatory with felony sentences. In a decision entered recently this year, this Ohio Supreme Court resolved conflicting opinions among the lower courts on this issue.  Consecutive sentences are served one right after the other, with no double credit for any of the time served.  Two six month sentences would add up to a year if they ran consecutive to one another.  Concurrent sentences are served at the same time.  Two six month sentences would add up to only six months if they ran concurrent to one another.

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New Ohio Criminal Mental State Requirements

In 2014, the Ohio Legislature passed into law new Ohio criminal mental state requirements. This new law required any criminal laws passed after December 19, 2014, to contain a mental state or a guilty mind as an element of the offense.  This means the new crime must include the requirement that the accused committed the act recklessly, knowingly or intentionally.  Acting recklessly, knowingly or intentionally is acting with the mental state required as part of the offense.

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Ohio Outlaws Debtors’ Prison

The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered Ohio courts to stop reviving debtors’ prison.  In other words, Ohio outlaws debtors’ prison.  In February 2014, the high court indicated that it would not tolerate the court’s imprisoning people who could not afford to pay fines and costs.   What is debtors’ prison?   (more…)