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Drug Overdose Deaths

When it comes to connecting people with a substance abuse disorder to care, the biggest challenge is sometimes removing barriers.

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Opioid abuse is taking its toll on Ohio families, especially children who often find themselves being passed from one place to another with no stability.

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A court-appointed expert in a case with national implications for addressing the opioid epidemic is recommending a pivotal lawsuit move forward. 

7 Overdose Deaths Reported In 18-Hour Period

Oct 2, 2018

The Franklin County Coroner is reporting another wave of drug overdose deaths, this time 7 reported in an 18-hour period between Monday evening and early Tuesday. 

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A dozen high-tech ideas for fighting the opioid crisis have each been awarded 200 thousand dollars from Ohio's Third Frontier fund. 

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Republican Ohio Attorney General and gubernatorial nominee Mike DeWine is opposing a November ballot issue aimed at reducing sentences for non-violent drug crimes, saying it would worsen the the state's opioid epidemic. 

The Franklin County Coroner is reporting five overdose deaths in the past 24 hours. The deaths are on top of at least 13 others in the past week.

Columbus police last night seized a kilo of fentanyl, four guns and 10 thousand dollars cash while arresting four people during a raid of a Hilltop drug house. 

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The Franklin County Coroner’s office says there was a surge in overdose deaths Tuesday.

State authorities continue to investigate an apparent mass accidental drug overdose involving guards, nurses and inmates at the Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe.

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A Franklin County judge has sentenced an east side babysitter to eight years in prison for the death of a 12-year-old boy in her care. 

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During an appearance in Cleveland yesterday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions outlined three recent enforcement actions taken in response to the nation's opioid crisis.  

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Ohio Governor John Kasich  has signed int law a bill that increases penalties for drug trafficking and some other drug offenses when the drug involved is a fentanyl-related compound.

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The State of Ohio has given a local prescription drug software firm a 19.4 million dollar tax credit to move its offices from downtown to a new location on McKinley Avenue, retaining and creating a total of 592 jobs. 

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Last December, the City of Columbus filed a lawsuit against McKesson Corporation and other drug distributors and makers for their alleged roles in the opioid crisis. 

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Authroties have arrested the Dublin man suspected of supplying the fentanyl that killed a 17-year-old girl at a Grandview Heights home last March. 

The City of Columbus plans to distribute 800 prescription medication disposal bags. 

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Autopsy results show Kirkersville Police Chief James Hughes died in May from a fentanyl overdose. 

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy says a Clark County nurse practitioner accused of illegally issuing prescriptions for controlled substances has been indicted on drug trafficking charges. 

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The City of Columbus and Franklin County are teaming up to provide funding for a struggling program providing clean syringes and other services for drug users. 

The fact that rural, economically disadvantaged parts of the country broke heavily for the Republican candidate in the 2016 election is well known. But Medicare data indicate that voters in areas that went for Trump weren't just hurting economically — many of them were receiving prescriptions for opioid painkillers.

Columbus Public Health officials are launching a pilot program this month to give drug users free urine test strips to determine whether the substances are laced with fentanyl. 

More than 115 Americans are dying every day from an opioid overdose. But a study out Monday finds that just three in 10 patients revived by an EMT or in an emergency room received the follow-up medication known to avoid another life-threatening event.

It's been a decade since the financial crisis drove up the unemployment rate in the U.S. and forced people in the prime of their careers to give up looking for work.

Even today, as employers add jobs at a furious pace, the workforce participation rate still hasn't recovered. And now researchers think they know one reason why: the opioid crisis.

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Whitehall firefighters are opening their doors to help opioid addicts.  

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A task force of health insurers convened by the Ohio Attorney General's office has released 15 recommendations on how they can help with the opioid crisis. 

Many people responding to proposed state rules regulating painkillers for chronic pain patients say those patients should automatically be given prescriptions for anti-overdose drugs. 

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Ohio's Democratic attorney general candidate is facing a potential conflict of interest that could affect his ability to prosecute the pharmaceutical industry in the state's opioid crisis lawsuit if elected. 

One out of five Americans say they personally know someone who has been addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers, according to a new report about the economic well-being of U.S. households.

The Federal Reserve report, based on a national survey, also found that exposure to opioid addiction was twice as likely among whites, regardless of education level, as among African-Americans.

Citizens and businesses in five states have proposed class-action lawsuits against Dublin-based Cardinal Health and distributors McKesson and AmerisourceBergen for their alleged roles in the opioid crisis.

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