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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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Some state officials have talked about tapping Ohio's 2 billion dollar rainy day fund to help with the budget and combat the opioid crisis.

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O'Neill says it's time for the state to decriminalize marijuana.

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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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