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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.

Ohio Governor John Kasich has announced new rules for monitoring the prescribing of opioid painkillers. 

The U.S. Surgeon General has issued an advisory, encouraging more Americans to carry the opioid overdose antidote naloxone.

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Franklin County officials say more people died of drug-related overdoses last year. 

Medical marijuana appears to have put a dent in the opioid abuse epidemic, according to two studies published Monday.

The research suggests that some people turn to marijuana as a way to treat their pain, and by so doing, avoid more dangerous addictive drugs. The findings are the latest to lend support to the idea that some people are willing to substitute marijuana for opioids and other prescription drugs.

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The Franklin County Coroner's Office has issued a warning after a recent surge in drug overdose deaths. 

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As the May primary draws closer, the four Democratic gubernatorial candidate are talking about their ideas for tackling the opioid crisis.

There's more bad news about the nation's devastating opioid epidemic.

In just one year, overdoses from opioids jumped by about 30 percent, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The Ohio Board of Pharmacy says the number of painkiller prescriptions continues to decline. 

Records obtained by the Associated Press show drug distributors are pushing back on stricter regulations in Ohio, calling them a patchwork approach that could lead to confusion and uncertainty. 

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Ohio Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine has filed a new lawsuit against four major drug distributors, including Dublin-based Cardinal Health, for their alleged roles in the opioid crisis.

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Kentucky's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Dublin-based Cardinal Health, which has been linked to an opioid pipeline. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Ohio’s drug overdose death rate rose 39 percent between mid-2016 and mid-2017 — the third-largest increase of any state.

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