fentanyl

Rob Portman
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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is ratcheting up pressure on the Postal Service to help track the flow of synthetic opioids primarily from China to the U.S.

Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
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Congress is sending a bill to the president in their push to address the nation’s drug epidemic. The legislation will give border agents access to high-tech equipment, making it easier to detect and stop the flow of the highly potent painkiller fentanyl.

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A Stark County company has come up with a glove that's resistant to fentanyl — one of the drugs that first responders have increasingly been exposed to when treating opioid overdose victims.

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The Franklin County Coroner’s office says overdose deaths blamed largely on opioids continue to spike compared to a year ago.

Gov. John Kasich rolls out official prescription drug rules for acute pain at the Ohio Statehouse.
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Ohio health officials said on Wednesday that more than 4,000 people died from drug overdoses in Ohio in 2016. That death toll was up by 33 percent over the previous year.

As Gov. John Kasich rolls out more ways to crack down on painkiller prescriptions, critics believe there’s an obvious resource that’s not being utilized in the opioid crisis.

A national nurses union is developing protocols for treating opioid patients after three Massillon, Ohio, nurses they represent were treated for fentanyl exposure.

New Hampshire State Forensic Lab

The coroner serving the greater Columbus area says overdose deaths blamed largely on opioids are spiking compared to a year ago.

New Hampshire State Forensic Lab

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson says the mixing of deadly synthetic heroin with cocaine is spreading the opioid crisis to the African American community.

Fentanyl Patches
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The Senate has upped the penalties for possessing fentanyl, the deadly and powerful synthetic painkiller that’s been turning up in heroin in Ohio. Debate on what may seem like a simple way to fight the fentanyl problem got complex and heated.

The Senate has upped the penalties for possessing fentanyl, the deadly and powerful synthetic painkiller that’s been turning up in heroin in Ohio. Debate on what may seem like a simple way to fight the fentanyl problem got complex and heated.

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