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Host: Dan Skinner (@danielrskinner)

Guests: Megan Henry (@megankhenry) and Sheridan Hendrix (@sheridan120) of the Columbus Dispatch (@DispatchAlerts)

Produced by Dan Skinner and Mark Frantz

The following will provide readers with some background information on subjects discussed on the episode, including articles written by Sheridan Hendrix and Megan Henry:

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In this episode, @danielrskinner interviewed Chad Jester, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and President of the Nationwide Foundation, about Denial, Ohio, a public service campaign sponsored by the Ohio Opioid Alliance, a group of organizations from around the state. Topics include the campaign's impact so far, plans moving forward, and the relationship between denial and risk. 

There's no doubt that opioids have been massively overprescribed in U.S. In the haste to address the epidemic, there's been pressure on doctors to reduce prescriptions of these drugs — and in fact prescriptions are declining. But along the way, some chronic pain patients have been forced to rapidly taper or discontinue the drugs altogether.

Now, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a new message for doctors: Abrupt changes to a patient's opioid prescription could harm them.

Franklin County Public Health has received a three-year federal grant to enhance and accelerate the community's effort to fight the opiate crisis.

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The State Medical Board Of Ohio Wednesday postponed a vote on adding anxiety and autism spectrum disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for purchasing medical marijuana.

The fact that rural, economically disadvantaged parts of the country broke heavily for the Republican candidate in the 2016 election is well known. But Medicare data indicate that voters in areas that went for Trump weren't just hurting economically — many of them were receiving prescriptions for opioid painkillers.

Columbus Division of Police

A Franklin County grand jury has indicted five people on federal charges of luring women into prostitution. 

theoaklandpress.com

Franklin County and Columbus Public Health officials plan to distribute bags that deactivate prescription drugs as part of the fight against the opioid epidemic. 

Job Training And Wrap-Around Services Work For Recovering Addicts

Dec 13, 2017
Ohio Public Radio

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. 

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.

cardinalhealth.com

The head of Dublin-based Cardinal Health, a defendant in multiple lawsuits filed by communities and states over the distribution of opioids, says his firm plans a vigorous defense.

medicaid.ohio.gov

Ohio doctors have reached tentative agreement with the Kasich administration on a proposed rule requiring them to report the specific diagnosis of every patient who receives a prescription painkiller.