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The Franklin County Coroner's Office is reporting a spike in drug overdose deaths.  

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The Franklin County Coroner's office has reported yet another surge in opioid overdose deaths. 

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The Franklin County Coroner's office says nearly 600 people died from drug overdoses in 2019. 

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A federal district judge in Cleveland has dismissed an effort by pharmacy chains to shift their liability for the opioid crisis to unnamed Ohio physicians and practitioners who wrote the prescriptions.

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Columbus City Council last night  approved a 185 thousand dollar legal settlement of a lawsuit filed by six dancers at the former Kahoots strip club. 

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Hilliard police have arrested the parents of an infant who died from overdosing on fentanyl. 

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The Franklin County Coroner's Office says nearly thirty people have died of drug overdoses in the past 10 days. 

For the first time since 2014, death rates in the U.S. declined and life expectancy showed a modest uptick, according to new data released in two reports Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Life expectancy at birth in 2018 was 78.7 years, 0.1 year longer than the previous year.

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Former billionaire and pharmaceutical executive John Kapoor has been sentenced to five years and six months in prison. His sentencing is the culmination of a months-long criminal trial in Boston's Moakley U.S. Courthouse that resulted in the first successful prosecution of pharmaceutical executives tied to the opioid epidemic.

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Columbus and Franklin County leaders yesterday unveiled a new plan to address the opioid crisis. 

Franklin County officials today released preliminary overdose death statistics for the first nine months of 2019. 

The Ohio River Valley has seen some of the largest jumps in mortality rates among people in midlife — those between ages 25 and 64 — in recent years.

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The Ohio Department of Health says the number of drug overdose deaths in 2018 declined from the previous year. 

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The family that owns Purdue Pharma pulled billions of dollars from the company after introducing its signature opioid medication, OxyContin, growing personally wealthy as the heavily marketed drug took on a significant role in a nationwide addiction crisis.

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A global megacorporation best known for Band-Aids and baby powder is now on the hook for about $107 million less than originally anticipated over its role in Oklahoma's opioid crisis.

In a judgment filed Friday, state District Judge Thad Balkman revised an earlier ruling against Johnson & Johnson and told the drugmaker to make a onetime payment of $465 million — not the $572 million he had originally ordered.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is calling for a review of the state's foster care system, citing the effects of the opioid crisis. 

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A program that helps Ohio families struggling with addiction is expanding. 

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Whitehall police have made an arrest after three people fatally overdosed on opioids at a Powell Avenue home earlier  this week. 

The Franklin County Coroner's office is reporting another spike in drug overdose deaths. 

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Grandview Heights police have boarded up a property on Broadview Avenue that was the scene of a drug overdose death and the subject of nearly two dozen complaints over two-years.  

There's a reckoning underway in the courts about the damage wrought by the opioid crisis and who should pay for it.

The state plans to increase payments to the approved caregiver relatives of children taken from their parents, even when the relatives aren't licensed. 

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The nation's three largest drug distributors and a drugmaker have reached a tentative deal to settle a lawsuit related to the nation's opioid crisis. 

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Ohio’s attorney general says his office is disappointed in a reported settlement with five drugmakers and distributors in advance of a huge opioid trial - a trial he tried to delay.

Three major U.S. drug distributing companies are negotiating a multibillion-dollar settlement to end numerous lawsuits filed by state and local governments seeking compensation for costs associated with the opioid crisis.

The drug distributors — Amerisource Bergen, McKesson and Cardinal Health — could pay as much as $18 billion over 18 years, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the discussions.

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Make no mistake: The legal fight over liability for the U.S. opioid crisis is only heating up.

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The 6th  U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati Thursday  denied an effort led by Ohio Attorney General David Yost to stop a bellwether trial over the opioid crisis from starting this month in Cleveland.

There's no doubt that opioids have been massively overprescribed in U.S. In the haste to address the epidemic, there's been pressure on doctors to reduce prescriptions of these drugs — and in fact prescriptions are declining. But along the way, some chronic pain patients have been forced to rapidly taper or discontinue the drugs altogether.

Now, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a new message for doctors: Abrupt changes to a patient's opioid prescription could harm them.

Preliminary reports from the Franklin County coroner say 254 people died of drug overdoses in the first six months of 2019, up 4 percent from the same period last year. 

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New York state Attorney General Letitia James says the family that owns Purdue Pharma, maker of the opioid OxyContin, used Swiss bank accounts to transfer $1 billion from the company to itself.

The allegation, which came in court documents filed late Friday, indicates that the Sackler family is trying to keep its wealth free from potential liability in other court cases involving Purdue Pharma's role in the opioid crisis.

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