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Opioid Overdoses

The City of Columbus is spending 20 thousand dollars to purchase 329 doses of the opioid antidote naloxone for use by police.

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The Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County  has approved plans for a new drug detox and treatment center.

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Ohio's Attorney General filed suit in June against five pharmaceutical manufacturers over the state's opioid epidemic.

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A Hilliard woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for giving a friend a fatal dose of heroin.

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Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor tried to differentiate herself Friday from the three other Republicans who are running for governor next year. 

The U.S. is in the midst of an opioid crisis. Millions of Americans are addicted to the powerful prescription painkillers, and tens of thousands are dying each year from overdoses.

A new report out Thursday offers a bit of hope: Doctors are prescribing opioids less often, and the average dose they're giving patients has dropped, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

City officials say vending machines being installed in Columbus firehouses will help paramedics and firefighters keep better track of the drugs they dispense.

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A Middletown city council member says he doesn't regret his suggestion that emergency crews should stop saving people who repeatedly overdose.

Among the troubling developments of the nation's opioid crisis: a large number of babies born prenatally exposed to opioids.

On a recent reporting trip, we visited Trinity Hospital in Steubenville, Ohio, where according to the acting CEO, 1 in 5 babies are born with prenatal opioid exposure. Other hospitals report as many as 1 in 8 newborns exposed to opioids in the womb.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich has until Friday night to sign the 65 billion dollar two-year state budget bill approved on Wednesday.

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The former Westerville physician awaiting sentencing on charges related to operating a "pill mill" has died after being shot during an apparent home invasion on Thursday.

The City of Columbus and Franklin County have unveiled a new plan to combat opioid abuse.

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An Associated Press analysis shows Medicaid expansion accounted for 43 percent of total Ohio Medicaid spending on substance abuse and mental health treatment.

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The Franklin County coroner says overdose deaths blamed largely on opioids are spiking.

A one-paragraph letter, barely a hundred words long, unwittingly became a major contributor to today's opioid crisis, researchers say.

"This has recently been a matter of a lot of angst for me," Dr. Hershel Jick, co-author of that letter, told Morning Edition host David Greene recently. "We have published nearly 400 papers on drug safety, but never before have we had one that got into such a bizarre and unhealthy situation."

Today is the deadline for small medical marijuana cultivators to apply for a state license.

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The Senate has unveiled its version of the two-year state budget.

Two years ago, a mental health advocate named Steve McCaffrey stood at a lectern in the Indiana statehouse, testifying in favor of an addiction treatment bill. After years of rising overdose rates, lawmakers in the health committee were taking action to combat the opioid epidemic. And they often turned to McCaffrey, who leads Mental Health America of Indiana, to advise them.

His brief testimony appeared straightforward. "We rise in support, urge your adoption," said McCaffrey. He said the legislation would move the state "toward evidence-based treatment."

Republicans in both the House and the Senate are considering big cuts to Medicaid. But those cuts endanger addiction treatment, which many people receive through the government health insurance program.

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The cities of Dayton and Lorain are suing drug companies amid the state's opioid crisis.

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Ohio's Third Frontier Commission has released its requests for proposals involving scientific breakthroughs that could help solve the U.S. opioid crisis, and for the manager of a related technology challenge.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's lawsuit against five drug companies is drawing mixed reaction from Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates.

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A nationally recognized health official is asking Ohio lawmakers to put more focus and resources into the opioid epidemic.

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Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor has revealed her two sons have struggled with opioid addiction over the past five years.

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Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has filed a lawsuit against five major drug companies, saying they have contributed to the opioid epidemic.

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The American Medical Association has listed Ohio as the top state for monitoring prescription drugs. 

The state wants to change to the way mental health and addiction services are billed and coded, to align with national standards.

A newspaper survey of Ohio county coroners has found more than 4 thousand people died from opioid overdoses last year.

The Coshocton County coroner says the Columbus woman whose body was found along a rural road near Frazeysburg in March died of an accidental opioid overdose.

The Third Frontier Commission has agreed to proceed with Governor John Kasich's request to invest 20 million dollars in the fight against the opioid crisis.

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