- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio lawmakers are urging passage of a bill requiring insurance companies to provide coverage for tamper-resistant drugs that are more difficult to abuse.

Bill sponsors say insurance companies are reluctant to pay for such drugs because they’re more expensive than cheaper drugs that provide the same relief but are easier to abuse.

The sponsors say the mandate is necessary because the long-term costs of the state’s addictions epidemic is in the billions.

Republican Rep. Robert Sprague of Findlay and Democratic Rep. Nickie Antonio of suburban Cleveland demonstrated the power of the abuse-proof drugs by unsuccessfully using a hammer to try to pulverize them. Addicts often snort pulverized pills.

Drugs overdoses are the leading cause of accidental deaths in Ohio, surpassing car crashes.

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