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August 18, 2020

Student-Run Nonprofit Creates App to Prevent Opioid Overdoses

A group of nine Ohio State students is working to create an app to save lives from the opioid epidemic by identifying and notifying users of drug batches that have been contaminated with highly lethal chemicals in the Columbus area.
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August 14, 2020

Ohio’s lawsuit against drug distributors over opioid crisis set to go before a judge and jury this October

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio is expected to take major drug distributors to trial in October, seeking to hold them responsible for the devastation of the opioid crisis throughout the state.
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August 11, 2020

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awards over $101M to combat opioid crisis

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health and Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), recently awarded over $101 million to combat substance use disorders (SUD) and opioid use disorders (OUD). The awards support 116 organizations in 42 states and the District of Columbia, with many targeting high-risk rural communities.
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August 11, 2020

Economists conclude opioid crisis responsible for millions of children living apart from parents

Nearly 500,000 people in the U.S. during the past 20 years have died from an opioid overdose. Millions of others — many of them parents — are using, incarcerated or in drug rehabilitation programs.
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August 11, 2020

City managers move to place marijuana decriminalization on Council agenda

PORTSMOUTH — During the city manager’s conference Monday, Portsmouth City Council voted 5-0 to request a change in the city ordinances which would decriminalize possession of marijuana for amounts under 200 grams, bringing it to a first reading at the next council meeting.
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August 10, 2020

Opioid Scandal Haunts Drug Companies As They Respond To Pandemic

As drug firms race to position themselves as key players in the coronavirus fight, the industry faces a renewed wave of civil lawsuits stemming from its role in the nation's deadly opioid epidemic.
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August 10, 2020

Hurricane doctor found guilty of illegally prescribing opioids

HURRICANE, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — A doctor from Hurricane has been found guilty of illegally prescribing opioids.
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August 8, 2020

Federal judge overseeing opioid litigation rejects request to dismiss lawsuits

US District Court of the Northern District of Ohio Judge Dan Polster Friday denied a request by five retail pharmacy chains to dismiss opioid lawsuits filed by two Ohio counties.
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