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Opioid Overdoses

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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.

Dublin-based Cardinal Health has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by West Virginia authorities alleging it fed the state's opioid epidemic by failing to properly oversee and report significant increases in orders for prescription drugs.

The Kaiser Family Foundation says Ohio leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths.

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A Columbus woman is behind bars, accused of selling a deadly dose of heroin.

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The Ohio Board of Pharmacy says two-thirds of retail pharmacies now offer the drug overdose antidote naloxone without a prescription.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration records show Dublin-based Cardinal Health shipped 241 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to West Virginia between 2007 and 2012.

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Columbus police have charged two local women with one count of heroin possession each, in connection with a string of recent opioid overdoses.

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Columbus fire officials say 21 people were treated between 8 a.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday for opioid overdoses.

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The City of Columbus has boarded up a Linden home linked to several drug overdoses in the neighborhood.

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Ohio legislative Democrats say the state's opioid crisis is so bad that all lawmakers should be called to the Statehouse to deal with it.

Columbus police say nine people were treated for heroin overdoses Tuesday in the Linden neighborhood, raising the possibility a new, more potent form of the drug is being sold in the city. 

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Hilliard police have filed drug and manslaughter charges against a woman who they say gave an an Upper Arlington man the heroin that led to his overdose death last June.

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