Drugs

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January 12, 2020

Gabapentin may become controlled substance in Ohio amid abuse

Gabapentin, a drug viewed as an alternative to opioids, is being abused across Ohio, experts and state officials warn. The misuse could lead the state to reclassify the drug.
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January 1, 2020

Crackdown on over-prescribing opioids drops overdose deaths

CINCINNATI — In recent years, state officials in Ohio have cracked down on how doctors prescribe opioids and other addictive substances, along with how they report prescription drug abuse. A subsequent drop in the number of overdose deaths have addiction counselors cautiously optimistic that the new measures could be helping.
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December 26, 2019

‘They’re My Safe Place’: Children of Addicted Parents, Raised by Relatives

Nearly 27,000 children in Ohio were removed from their homes last year, many because of the opioid crisis. More than a quarter were placed in the care of relatives.
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July 23, 2019

DEA data on Ohio shows how drug companies poured billions of pills into the hands of consumers.

Drug companies doled out more than 3.7 billion prescription painkillers in Ohio during a seven-year period in the years preceding an opioid epidemic that cost thousands of lives and millions of dollars, according to a cleveland.com analysis of information in a government-maintained database.
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June 20, 2019

FDA proposes tighter opioid rules that would make new drugs less addictive

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to tighten the rules for opioid manufacturers by requiring new drugs to be less addictive. Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless withdrew the agency’s previous guidance Thursday, laying out a tougher new regulatory framework for evaluating applications for new opioids coming to the U.S. market.
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April 23, 2019

For First Time, Pharmaceutical Distributor Faces Federal Criminal Charges Over Opioid Crisis

For the first time, a major pharmaceutical distributor is facing federal criminal charges over its role in the opioid crisis that has ravaged the United States.
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April 17, 2019

Opioid Users Call Kratom a Godsend. The F.D.A. Says It’s a Menace.

The steep rise in the number of people suffering opioid addiction has helped spawn the widespread use of another substance: kratom, a green powdered herbal supplement that is widely available and virtually unregulated.
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January 30, 2019

Doorsteps: Housing and the Opioid Epidemic in Ohio

Ohio is one of the states with the highest opioid related deaths, with over 3,600 deaths in 2016 (National Institute on Drug Abuse). While drug addiction certainly affects the health of the user, opioid abuse can also have harmful impacts on families and communities.
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