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Former Republican State Representative and current senate candidate Gene Krebs is calling for the creation of a state fund to help counties boost employment, fight opioid abuse and cover basic expenses.

The Public Children Services Association of Ohio says the opioid crisis is overwhelming the foster care system as more children are removed from the homes of addicted parents.

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The Franklin County Coroner's office says 383 people died of drug overdoses during the first nine months of the year. 

Life expectancy in the U.S. fell for the second year in a row in 2016, nudged down again by a surge in fatal opioid overdoses, federal officials report Thursday.

"I'm not prone to dramatic statements," says Robert Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the National Center for Health Statistics. "But I think we should be really alarmed. The drug overdose problem is a public health problem, and it needs to be addressed. We need to get a handle on it."

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The man who sold a fatal dose of fentanyl to a Bexley man in 2015 has been sentenced to ten years in prison.

There’s almost universal agreement more treatment needs to be made available to help Ohio overcome the opioid crisis that killed nearly 11 people a day last year.

There are as many as 170 thousand Ohioans who abuse or are addicted to opioids, according to a recent study from Ohio State University’s Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy.

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When opioid addicts try to put their lives back together, it is often difficult to get the housing, jobs, continuing treatment and personal connections they need to stay clean and be successful. 

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The opioid epidemic has reached every community in Ohio.

Ohio's Third Frontier Commission has awarded nearly 10 million dollars for several research and development projects that aim to stem opioid addiction, part of the 20 million Governor John Kasich said he wanted to set aside for high-tech solutions to the epidemic.

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Columbus City Council last night approved a 10-year, 75-percent property tax abatement for a developer who plans to build a hotel, office space, restaurant and a parking garage on the site of the former Haiku restaurant building on North High Street in the Short North.

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Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther Tuesday released his 2018 municipal budget proposal.

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The Franklin County coroner's office is asking county commissioners to approve an additional 500 thousand dollars in it's budge next year.

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An estimated 75 members of the Teamsters union and their supporters held a candlelight vigil early Wednesday outside of the headquarters of Dublin-based Cardinal Health, hoping to call attention to the drug firm's role in the opioid crisis.

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Cardinal Health, which has been named in a number of lawsuits and exposés over the opioid crisis, is making changes in it's leadership.

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is sending law enforcement teams to Cleveland, Cincinnati and cities in four other states to help stop the flow of heroin and synthetic opioids.

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The City of Toledo is joining several other Ohio cities and counties in suing prescription drugmakers and distributors.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is asking the five drug makers he is suing for their alleged role in the state's opioid crisis to begin immediate settlement talks.

President Trump is promising a large ad campaign to try to stem opioid deaths, but Ohio has seen its tally increase even with such ads.

As deaths from opioid overdoses rise around the country, the city of Baltimore feels the weight of the epidemic.

"I see the impact every single day," says Leana Wen, the city health commissioner. "We have two people in our city dying from overdose every day."

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A Columbus woman has been indicted in the death of a 12-year-old boy who prosecutors say died from a fentanyl overdose during a sleepover at her apartment.

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Public health officials have been urging people to get rid of unwanted or unused prescription painkillers amid the opioid crisis. 

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Ohio’s opioid crisis is taking the lives of roughly 11 people per day. Recovering drug addicts and people from services that help them gathered on the Statehouse lawn today to draw attention to the problem. 

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The Franklin County Coroner has ruled a 12-year-old boy found unresponsive during a birthday sleepover died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, not from choking on a piece of gum.

As the nation has debated the GOP proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, NPR member station reporters have been talking to people around the country about how the proposed changes in the health law would affect them.

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Licking County and the City of Elyria are the latest Ohio communities to sue drug makers for the costs of the state's opioid epidemic. 

The attorneys general of 41 U.S. states said Tuesday that they're banding together to investigate the makers and distributors of powerful opioid painkillers that have, over the past decade, led to a spike in opiate addictions and overdose deaths.

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Five drug makers are asking a Ross County judge to dismiss the Ohio Attorney General's lawsuit over their alleged role in the state's opioid crisis.

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Preliminary figures on opioid overdose deaths this year show Franklin County is on pace to surpass last year's numbers.

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New limits on prescription painkillers took effect this week.

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