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OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is asking a court to throw out a lawsuit filed by the Massachusetts attorney general accusing the company, its owners and top executives of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids. 

The Franklin County Coroner's Office has issued an alert following a drug overdose death spike from 3 p.m. on Friday to 12:30 a.m. on Saturday.  

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There's a new anti-drug effort that involves a variety of groups from around the state. 

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The Franklin County Coroner's office is reporting a surge in overdose deaths this week. 

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine met Tuesday with leaders in local communities as he develops plans to fight opioid abuse. 

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Nearly 16 thousand Ohio children are in the custody of county children's service agencies. 

A second wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the Mount Carmel West doctor accused of administering excessive and fatal doses of fentanyl to more than two-dozen patients.

A lawsuit filed Monday alleges a doctor, nurse and pharmacist at Mount Carmel West gave excessive and fatal doses of the powerful opioid fentanyl to over 20 patients over a five year period.  

For the first time in U.S. history, a leading cause of deaths — vehicle crashes — has been surpassed in likelihood by opioid overdoses, according to a new report on preventable deaths from the National Safety Council.

Americans now have a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose, according to the council's analysis of 2017 data on accidental death. The probability of dying in a motor vehicle crash is 1 in 103.

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The Franklin County Coroner's Office reports says a surge in overdose deaths this week. 

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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