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September 27, 2018

Drug deaths in Ohio increase to 4,854 in 2017: state report

Over 13 people died a day on average in Ohio due to drug overdoses last year, a new high as the state battles the opioid epidemic. Gov. John Kasich, who will leave office in January, played defense during a Thursday afternoon news conference where the death tally was announced, emphasizing the work he's accomplished to make some progress in the battle against the drugs - such as heroin and prescription opioid-related overdose deaths decreasing.
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September 24, 2018

Opioids in Ohio at Center of Governor’s Race

The death rate of Ohioans from opioid use is more than twice the national average and the blame for the state's snowballing crisis has become central to the open-seat race for governor. In the past five years of the most recent statistics available, the number of Ohio residents who have died from opioids has ballooned by a third, to 3,495 in 2016. Mike DeWine, the Republican nominee for governor, has presided as the state's attorney general for the last eight years, leaving him vulnerable to the critique that he's failed to stem the epidemic as it's worsened.
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September 12, 2018

Promising tech solutions to opioid crisis awarded in Ohio competition's second phase

Ohio officials on Wednesday announced the winners of the second phase of an $8 million competition for projects tackling the state’s opioid abuse crisis. The 12 winning ideas, which each received $200,000, include an online platform that can monitor opioid use, a website that helps addicts find recovery service providers and an application to prevent relapse of opioid use.
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August 6, 2018

Quick Response Team in Middletown helps hundreds of OD patients find local resources

As the opioid epidemic continues to impact families and individuals across the state of Ohio, communities are working to find different ways to help combat addition in their areas.
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March 7, 2018

New clinic aims to help drug-addicted mothers and their babies

It's an unfortunate reality hitting central Ohio. Mother's across the area dealing with the pull of addiction, thousands of new born’s feeling the effects. Now a new one of a kind clinic here in Columbus aims to help those mothers and their children and hopefully save lives.
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October 27, 2017

7 powerful consequences of the opioid epidemic that help explain its devastation in Ohio

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced that he would roll back regulations to allow state governments looking to access Medicaid funding for drug treatment centers with more than 16 beds. This news organization has covered all sides of the opioid and overdose spike, from impact on families to effect on public services. Here are seven of the most powerful consequences of overdoses on southwest Ohio.
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October 27, 2017

Opioids cost Ohio $8.8 billion

As President Trump prepares to declare the opioids crisis a public health emergency, a new report outlines just how expensive that crisis is — in more ways than one. Opioid addiction, abuse and overdose deaths cost Ohio from $6.6 billion to $8.8 billion, according to a new report from the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy at Ohio State University.
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September 19, 2017

Recovering addict says Walgreens pharmacist denied to fill Rx that helps her stay sober

A young woman in recovery came to FOX 45 for help after she said a pharmacist denied to fill her prescription for the medicine that helps her maintain her sobriety. April Erion told FOX 45 it’s a generic form of the medicine Suboxone, and that the incident happened at the Walgreens store on Far Hills Avenue in Kettering.
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