Addiction is a Primary Medical Brain Disease that is progressive and chronic if left untreated is often fatal. Why does one child develop addiction and the other does not?

  1. Exposure to schedule II medical substances like opioid pain killers
  2. Untreated or undertreated disorders like anxiety, ADHD, depression.

There are three criteria that is required for a “disorder” to become classified as a Primary Medical Disease.

  1. The condition must be detrimental to someone’s health and well being
  2. There must be a specific set of signs and symptoms for the disease
  3. There must be a specific medical test that when given is ALWAYS abnormal.

Addictions caused by chemical ingestion such as schedule II prescription opioids cause the frontal lobes of the brain to shut down. This reduced brain activity can be observed on a brain scan even when not under the influence of the root cause.


Over a year ago I embarked on a mission to pass a law that would change Ohio’s current policy on opioid prescriptions. It has not been an easy process. You see, while I have been tirelessly working for this legislation, I have also been mourning the loss my oldest son, Daniel, who passed away from the disease of addiction. It is Daniel’s memory that keeps me pushing for this necessary change.

The process of creating a bill that will impact the trajectory of this problem has required the help and support of many people. I have spoken to countless experts: doctors, police officers, pharmacists, addiction specialist, trade association executives, and many others. With their input, and the commitment of legislators in both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate, we have created a bill that has all the necessary pieces to enact lasting change.

As a result, the following changes have recently been incorporated into Daniel’s Law:

  • Grants authority to all Ohio licensed pharmacists to dispense or administer Naltrexone in pill or injection without a prescription. If the pharmacist can verify the person has been on Naltrexone. Creating a safety net for the patient on Naltrexone MATs

This journey has allowed me to encounter hundreds of families, like my own, who feel the impact of the addiction epidemic every day. It has encompassed all races, ages, and socio-economic groups. It is a universal problem which must be addressed through a comprehensive approach which includes the doctors who write the prescriptions, the pharmacists who fill them, the addiction specialists who provide treatment, and the manufacturers that make and promote these products.

Scott Weidle

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