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January 11, 2019

New Ohio attorney general says opioid epidemic will be top priority

The opioid epidemic will be the top priority for Dave Yost as he takes over as attorney general on Jan. 14. Yost spoke with Local 12 News during an interview in Columbus.
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January 28, 2019

Ohio Hoping New Medical Marijuana Law Will Ease Its Opioid Crisis

The headline above sounds similar to a passage from Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young’s anti-war song “Ohio,” which chronicled the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University nearly 50 years ago. But it’s actually a description of what is happening today in the Buckeye State, where opioid overdoses are killing people in large numbers. Ohio is among the top five states with the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths.
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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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