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Opioid Overdoses

A Columbus woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for providing the drugs that caused the fatal overdose of a Worthington man in 2016. 

Fentanyl is now the drug most frequently involved in overdose deaths in the U.S., according to a National Vital Statistics System report published Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report sheds a bright light on the changing nature of America's drug landscape — and the devastating number of overdose deaths that have occurred in the U.S. in recent years.

The State of Mississippi has filed a lawsuit against Dublin-based Cardinal Health and two other opioid distributors, saying they failed to prevent the diversion of drugs into the state. 

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The Franklin County Coroner's Office today released preliminary overdose statistics for the first eight months of 2018. 

With the nation reeling from an epidemic of drug overdose deaths, President Trump signed legislation Wednesday that is aimed at helping people overcome addiction and preventing addictions before they start.

"Together we are going to end the scourge of drug addiction in America," Trump said at a White House event celebrating the signing. "We are going to end it or we are going to at least make an extremely big dent in this terrible, terrible problem."

The opioid legislation was a rarity for this Congress, getting overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers.

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The American opioid crisis is far from over, but early data indicate the number of deaths are beginning to level off, according to Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, citing "encouraging" results in overdose trends.

In a speech on Tuesday at a Milken Institute health summit, Azar walked through statistics suggesting deaths were plateauing and he highlighted efforts he says may be turning the tide in the drug epidemic.

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Records obtained by the Associated Press show the state did not hesitate to spend the first round of federal funding targeting the opioid crisis, unlike other states, to expand Medicaid. 

Rural Americans are profoundly worried about the opioid crisis and their local economies and many are hoping government can help, according to a new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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. 

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Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray held the first of three planned gubernatorial debates on Wednesday in Dayton. 

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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. 

The Ohio Highway Patrol says the substance that led to 29 people at the Ross Correctional Instutition being treated for exposure Wednesday was a heroin and fentanyl mixture.

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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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Marion County Children Services managers are asking voters to approve a new levy this November to help battle the opioid crisis.  

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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. 

Last year, Columbus City Council commissioned Ohio State University's College of Social Work to evaluate the human services available in central Ohio for immigrant and refugee populations. 

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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