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People Popping Pets' Pills are Target of Proposed Ohio Law

COLUMBUS (Jen French) -- State lawmakers are cracking down on prescription drug abusers who are popping pet painkillers.

The Ohio Attorney Generals office announced it is working with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association to make sure veterinarians are aware of the possibility.

The move is part of House Bill 274, which makes penalties more severe for pet owners who abuse their animal's medication. It would also make certain animal crimes a felony.

The bill passed the House Wednesday and now awaits approval in the state Senate.

Veterinarian Robert Knapp said hes never seen any drug abuse at his office, but will work with the states prevention efforts.

Dogs are not people, dogs are not cats, cats are not horses, Knapp said. Their drug dose and forms are very different in absorption. We do need to pay attention that a medicine used in people may be appropriate for a dog... but it may be inappropriate for a dog."
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