opioid epidemic

Fatal Drug Overdoses In Ohio Increase To Record Number

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Fatal drug overdoses increased to a record 4,854 last year in Ohio, a 20 percent rise compared with the previous year, according to information reported to the state.

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Right now, Heartland High School doesn’t look like much — just a few rooms on the second floor of Broad Street Presbyterian Church on Columbus’ East Side.

Ohio Governor John Kasich
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Gov. John Kasich says the state’s crackdown on prescription opioids is making headway in the fight against drug deaths but he says there’s more that needs to be done.

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Ohio Medicaid says it will continue to enforce a new rule requiring background checks of Medicaid providers. Some of them say the new practice will cost some good providers their jobs and will worsen tight staffing situations.

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Opioid Legislation

Sep 18, 2018
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Republicans and Democrats joined forces to speed legislation combating the misuse of opioids and other addictive drugs through Senate passage Monday, a rare campaign-season show of unity against a growing and deadly health care crisis.

Hundreds of mental health and addiction counselors could lose their jobs because the state is now requiring criminal background checks for people who provide Medicaid services.

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The President of the Ohio State Bar Association, an organization with over 20,000 lawyers and judges among its membership, is speaking out against Issue 1, the statewide November ballot measure aimed at reducing penalties for low-level drug crimes.

OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vermont.
Toby Talbot / AP

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is launching a pilot program to help businesses hire people dealing with addiction of opioids and other drugs. The bureau has earmarked $5 million over two years for the program. 

Prize winners and other observers look on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio, as another $2.4 million is awarded through the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge.
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The winners of the second phase the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge were announced on Wednesday.

Each of the 12 proposals were picked from more than 50 entries submitted worldwide and received $200,000. The winners now have a chance to win a piece of the $8 million that Governor John Kasich set aside for the challenge.

Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray
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Rich Cordray and Mike DeWine are both making the only statewide issue on the fall ballot a major topic of their campaigns to become governor. This puts an even bigger spotlight on the measure that would scale down prison time for non-violent drug offenders.

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