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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 4, 2019

Officials see new hope in the new year when it comes to fighting the opioid epidemic

Preliminary overdose numbers for Montgomery County are in, and the monthly trends read like a roller coaster. Health officials believe the ride is slowing down, and they want that to continue in 2018.
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December 31, 2018

Opioid-Makers Face Wave of Lawsuits in 2019

The next 12 months might just redefine the way America thinks about and responds to the opioid epidemic that now claims more than 40,000 lives each year. The nation's biggest drugmakers and distributors face a wave of civil lawsuits that could total tens of billions of dollars in damages.
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December 29, 2018

Ohio 2nd in nation for opioid deaths

Despite significant decreases in heroin and prescription opioid overdoses in the state, Ohio saw the second-highest number of opioid-involved overdose deaths per capita in 2017, according to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 4,293 overdose deaths involving opioids last year, a 19 percent increase from 2016.
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December 21, 2018

Ohio implementing new rules for prescription of opioids

The new rules, which take effect Sunday, require increased communication with patients and establish safety check points for physicians to reassess whether opioids are needed to treat pain lasting longer than six weeks.
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December 17, 2018

Opioid overdose deaths plunge 31 percent in Ohio county thanks to free Narcan

In the midst of what's considered the nation's worst public health crisis so far in the 21st century, one Ohio county is dramatically reducing the number of deaths related to opioid overdoses. A new report shows overdose deaths plunged by 31 percent in Hamilton County, which includes Cincinnati. There was also a 42-percent drop in emergency room visits. Health officials credit a new program that gives away the overdose-reversal drug Narcan for free.
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November 25, 2018

This City’s Overdose Deaths Have Plunged. Can Others Learn From It?

Dr. Randy Marriott clicked open the daily report he gets on drug overdoses in the county. Only one in the last 24 hours — stunningly low compared to the long lists he used to scroll through last year in a grim morning routine.
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October 22, 2018

Ohio lawmaker’s comprehensive approach to addiction crisis: What is it?

The package of bills being pushed by Ohio Rep. Jim Butler, R-Oakwood, to address an “outside-the-box” approach to the opioid crisis is broken into four areas. Butler, who is up for re-election this fall, says he intends to introduce a series of bills that would touch on various aspects of the crisis that has crippled the state.
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