October 27, 2022

State awards $200K to maternity program for opioid users

LIMA — The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services awarded a $200,000 grant to Coleman Health Services and Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center for a maternal care home serving opioid-dependent pregnant and postpartum women.
October 5, 2022

Drug companies in opioid crisis donated $27K to Ohio’s Ryan

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, who has made his opponent’s questionable record fighting the opioid epidemic a central theme of his campaign for Ohio’s open U.S. Senate seat, has received campaign donations over the years from drug distributors blamed for key roles in the crisis, an Associated Press review found.
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.
September 23, 2022

Advocates Seek More Say in How Opioid Settlements Are Spent

As billions of dollars in opioid lawsuit settlements are starting to flow to governments, families and advocates impacted by the opioid crisis are pushing for a meaningful say in how the money will be used.
September 6, 2022

Deciding How to Spend Billions in Opioid Settlement Payments

As states and localities begin receiving the money, advocates are pushing for it to go toward public health programs, and to avoid some practices that emerged around the 1990s tobacco settlement.
September 7, 2022

Pharmacists aren't the 'doctor police': Walmart argues against growing opioid cases

As Walmart faces a tower of lawsuits accusing the company of fueling the opioid epidemic, the retail chain said the accusations are "misguided and dangerous" because they corrode patient's trust in pharmacists and physicians.
August 31, 2022

Summit County opiate overdoses: ‘They have to live long enough to get to treatment’

What You Need To Know: Opiate-overdose deaths in Summit County are not declining despite the work of multiple agencies. Since 2020, the number of opiate-related deaths has risen 70%. The county recorded an 18% increase in overdose deaths among African American women. Agencies are focused on assisting drug users through harm-reduction and support strategies.
September 4, 2022

The time is now to act to head off coming opioid overdose surge: editorial

As’s Gretchen Kuda Croen recently reported, modeling suggests that a tidal wave of drug overdose deaths is coming – to Ohio and the nation. And with Ohio, the seventh most populous state, ranked No. 4 in drug overdose deaths in 2020, there’s little doubt that the state and region will again be in the eye of this tragic storm.