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August 11, 2022

In Cincinnati, Portman Leads Roundtable Discussion Addressing Ongoing Addiction and Fentanyl Overdose Crisis in Ohio & Across U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) led a roundtable discussion with Hamilton County Addiction Response Coalition (HC ARC), law enforcement, and other stakeholders to discuss opiate addiction, the rise in fentanyl overdoses in Ohio and across the U.S., and efforts to address those issues – both on a local and national level.
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August 10, 2022

OSU Wexner Medical Center researchers look into connection between opioids, chronic pain

Researchers with the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are finding out more about the link between chronic pain and opioid use disorders.
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August 10, 2022

Advocacy group sues Ohio panel overseeing state opioid money

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A drug policy reform group has sued the state panel that will decide how Ohio distributes more than half of the money it will receive from a nationwide settlement regarding the opioid addiction crisis.
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August 10, 2022

Drug policy reform group sues board responsible for spending half of Ohio's opioid settlement money

A drug policy reform group said the foundation set up by the state to spend more than $400 million in opioid settlement money on substance use treatment programs isn’t being transparent about how it will do that.
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August 9, 2022

Lawsuits: Group deciding how to distribute millions in Ohio opioid settlement money violated open-meetings, public-records law

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The OneOhio Recovery Foundation Board, set up to decide how distribute hundreds of millions of dollars of opioid settlement money, is refusing to divulge records or allow the public to attend meetings, according to lawsuits filed by a drug policy reform group.
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August 9, 2022

OneOhio, nonprofit in charge of state opioid money, sued over transparency

The nonprofit tasked with distributing $440 million in opioid settlement money isn't following public records and meeting laws, according to lawsuits filed Monday.
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August 7, 2022

Once feared, illicit fentanyl is now a drug of choice for many opioid users

People with opioid-use disorder are increasingly seeking out illicit fentanyl, often smoking it.
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August 4, 2022

Former Mahoning County Physician Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Illegally Prescribing Controlled Substances and Causing the Deaths of Two Patients

CLEVELAND - Martin Escobar, 58, a former Mahoning County physician, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Donald C. Nugent after he previously pleaded guilty to 54 counts of illegally prescribing controlled substances—including two counts of distributing controlled substances that caused the deaths of two patients and one count of distributing a controlled substance to a person under the age of 21—and 31 counts of health care fraud.
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