Monthly Archives: September 2014


Hydrocodone Reclassification Takes Effect Oct. 6: Are you ready?

A new rule from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) taking effect Oct. 6 reclassifies hydrocodone combination products as Schedule II controlled substances, establishing restrictions that will require considerable changes to prescribing practices.


Symposium Set To Help Stop Elder Abuse

SANDUSKY – Serving Our Seniors, a non-profit adult advocacy group, will host a state-wide symposium: “Understanding Financial Elder Abuse: the Crime, the Shame and the Solution.” The event will be 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Kalahari Convention Center, 7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky.


Prescribing Opioids to Minors: Form required 9/17/14

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.


Prescription of Naloxone to High-Risk Individuals, Updated September 2014

The Nursing, Medical, and Pharmacy Boards originally issued a joint policy regulatory statement in April 2013 endorsing the prescription of naloxone (Narcan™) to those individuals at high-risk for opioid drug overdose. The purpose of the statement is to promote wider utilization of naloxone for high-risk individuals by educating prescribers on the proper use of naloxone.


DOD to Consider PTSD to Upgrade Veteran Discharge Status

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced September 3 that DoD will now consider service-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when considering a veteran’s petition to upgrade their discharge status. The policy applies to veterans of any era who received a less than honorable discharge from service and received a subsequent documented PTSD diagnosis.


DOD Now Will Consider PTSD to Upgrade Veteran Discharge Status

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced September 3 that DoD will now consider service-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when considering a veteran’s petition to upgrade their discharge status. The policy applies to veterans of any era who received a less than honorable discharge from service and received a subsequent documented PTSD diagnosis.


September 27, 2014 is National Prescription Take-Back Day

September 27 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the event provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means for disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. To find a collection site close to you, go to http://1.usa.gov/1tAbnxS.  


Doctors Hospital Nelsonville Will Not Admit New Patients

  Doctors Hospital Nelsonville will officially stop admitting patients effective October 15. OhioHealth had announced this summer that inpatient services would cease before the end of this year as the hospital moves toward eventual closing. Hospital officials said the average daily census, which had been on the decline, was about four patients. Other services will continue, […]


Ohio Board of Nursing – September 18, 2014 Board Meeting Canceled

The Board of Nursing meeting for Thursday, September 18, 2014 is canceled. According to Section 4723.02, ORC, the Board cannot convene a meeting without a quorum, and based on unforeseen events, there will not be a quorum to conduct business on Thursday. On Friday September 19, 2014, the Board will have a quorum and will […]


How to Start an Appeal for Social Security Disability

The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) will send you a letter if they deny your request for benefits. The next step is to appeal. There are four main levels of appeal: Reconsideration Hearing by and Administrative Law Judge Review by the Appeals Council Federal Court Review Once you have been denied for benefits, it may be […]

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Social Security Benefits Increase in 2018

When the Social Security Administration announces the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), there’s usually an increase in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit amount people receive each month. Federal benefit rates increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The CPI-W rises when […]

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CAR REPAIR NIGHTMARE LEADS TO CLASS ACTION

Our client had a minor fender bender and took her car in to have a dent repaired. She had insurance, and her insurance was willing to pay the reasonable expenses associated with repairing the vehicle. It is alleged that the repair shop, Three-C Body Shop, encouraged her to leave everything in their hands. Weeks passed […]

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