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Opioid Overdoses

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Both of Ohio's U.S. Senators have introduced a bipartisan bill they say will help combat the opioid crisis.

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A Democratic State Senator and gubernatorial candidate is joining the Republican Attorney General in calling for the use of money from Ohio's rainy day fund to help battle the opioid epidemic .

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A Columbus woman will serve six years in prison for selling the mixture of heroin and fentanyl that led to the overdose death of a man in February of last year.

The number of new Hepatitis C cases leaped nearly 300 percent from 2010 to 2015, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the CDC points to the likely culprit behind the spike in cases of the infectious disease: the use of heroin and other injection drugs.

State and local officials say Ohioans disposed of 16.6 tons of prescription drugs during last month's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

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The Ohio House has approved its version of Governor John Kasich's two-year state budget plan.

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A proposal to freeze enrollment under Ohio's Medicaid expansion is gaining traction as a way to get conservative support for the next two-year state budget proposal.

Columbus and Franklin County organizations will host sites for this Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take-back Day, collecting unwanted, unneeded and expired medications for disposal.

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A Columbus woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for her role in several heroin overdoses in the Linden area last September.

The Ohio Highway Patrol ranks Franklin County second in the state for heroin seizures.

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The Ohio House’s version of the two year state budget plan adds more than 170 million dollars to fight the opioid crisis and 80 million for public education.

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Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says if elected governor he would push for mandatory K-12 anti-drug education as part of the state's efforts to fight the opioid epidemic.

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Emails obtained by the Associated Press show lobbyists for the pharmaceutical industry pushed Ohio officials to lower their estimates of what it would cost the state if lawmakers approved a bill requiring Medicaid and other insurers to cover new higher-priced prescription painkillers.

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Some of the biggest players in the fight against Ohio's opioid epidemic told business leaders Wednesday it might be closer than they think, and warned them to be prepared. 

Washington Court House Police Chief Brian Hottinger says the goal of criminally charging drug users revived with naloxone is to help those addicts.

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State records show the rate of drug-addicted newborns last year was more than eight times higher than in 2005.

Franklin County officials Wednesday hosted a summit on the opiate crisis, which shows no signs of letting up in central Ohio or elsewhere.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is announcing a program to help families hurt by parents' addiction to opioids.

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The number of American children exposed to opioids is declining. 

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The Franklin County Coroner's office blames nearly four-dozen deaths over the past month on fentanyl overdoses. 

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The city of Washington Court House is trying to fight the opioid epidemic by citing drug users who are revived with naloxone.

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Columbus police officials say more officers will be issued naloxone after the recent conclusion of a six-month pilot program.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich has proposed allowing counties to create committees to review opioid overdose fatalities, and the public would have limited access to the findings.

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The Kaiser Family Foundation says more people died in Ohio from opioid overdoses in 2014 than in any other state.

In the last seven years, the number of Ohio kids taken into custody by children services agencies rose by nearly 20 percent.

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The Ohio Attorney General's office is calling for schools to disclose what kind of drug education they're providing to K-12 students.

Chillicothe police are responding to a 48-hour spike in drug overdoses. 

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The Franklin County coroner's office reports 244 people died of drug overdoses during the first nine months of 2016. 

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A Columbus drug dealer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for selling the elephant tranquilizer carfentanil as heroin. 

A West Virginia judge has revealed terms of a settlement of a lawsuit filed against Dublin-based Cardinal Health, alleging it fed the Mountaineer state's opioid epidemic by failing to properly oversee and report significant increases in orders for prescription drugs.

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