At the end of February, we reported the introduction of legislation (SB-83) in the Ohio Senate that would expand Advanced-practice Nurses' power to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances. We are pleased to share with you that this bill was passed in the Ohio Senate and signed into law by Gov John Kasich last week. The law, which will become effective 90 days after it was signed into law, also requires APNs to complete an additional six hours of training before prescribing narcotic drugs. With Ohio expanding advanced-practice nurses scope of practice, there are now 34 states total that allow APNs to prescribe Schedule II drugs. This legislative action aligns with the first reccomendation made in the IOM's Initiative on the Future of Nursing committee's report: "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health."
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