opioid epidemic

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Gov. John Kasich has been warning for months now that tax revenues coming into the state are below expectations and that the upcoming two-year state budget will be tighter than in the past. His recent speeches have taken on a new theme.

Charlie Oen's battle with addiction started when he was 16 and his family moved to Lima, Ohio. It was the last stop in a string of moves his military family made — from Panama to North Carolina, Kentucky, Texas and Germany.

"I went toward a bad group because those were the people that accepted me," he says. Drugs became a substitute for real friendships.

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A new Franklin County Sheriff will take over on January 2: Dallas Baldwin, a retired Lieutenant with the Columbus Police Department.

The Kaiser Family Foundation says that in 2014, Ohio had the highest number of deaths from opiate overdoses in the U.S.

A prominent Republican Northeast Ohio state representative has joined a Democratic effort to push Gov. John Kasich to declare a statewide opioid emergency.

Ron Amstutz of Wooster and two other Republican lawmakers have signed on to House Resolution 510. It would allow use of the state’s rainy-day fund to pay for opioid intervention programs. Amstutz was not available for comment.

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Mothers addicted to alcohol and drugs respond better to treatment when their children also take part in their recovery, according to a new study from The Ohio State University.   

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Dentists from across Ohio will attend a symposium tonight in Toledo on the use of opioid medication in the dental field - another step in fighting the epidemic of opiate abuse and overdoses in the region.

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As communities throughout Ohio try get control of a raging heroin epidemic, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown announced legislation, Monday morning, he said would expand addiction services.