Policy

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May 10, 2020

Guest column/We can’t take our eyes off addiction crisis

As the coronavirus pandemic has gripped the world, it seems as though every aspect of life before this crisis has been put on hold. Schools are closed, church pews are empty, and businesses have shuttered. Yet even in this unprecedented time, we cannot forget about the many concerns we had before the pandemic.
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May 11, 2020

Portman Column: Address addiction in pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic has gripped the world, it seems as though every aspect of life before this crisis has been put on hold. Yet even in this unprecedented time, we cannot forget about the many concerns we had before the pandemic.
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May 10, 2020

Ohio House: Manning’s workforce legislation to combat opioid crisis passes

State Rep. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) announced May 6 that House Bill 365 passed the Ohio House of Representatives.
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March 11, 2020

Ohio officials agree on plan to split any opioid settlements

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Local officials representing nearly 85% of Ohio’s residents have agreed to a plan to share any money brought in from settlements with companies over the toll of opioids.
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March 4, 2020

Latta introduces legislation reducing barriers to non-opioid pain management alternatives

Congressman Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, has introduced H.R. 5833, legislation working to increase accessibility to non-opioid treatment for those suffering from chronic pain.
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February 18, 2020

Opioid epidemic has some asking for Licking County syringe exchange program

LICKING COUNTY, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — Several dozen faith leaders and other community members who attended a meeting Tuesday evening say they want the Licking County Board of Health to revisit their policy made one year ago to ban a syringe exchange program.
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February 20, 2020

Latest Ohio opioid deal aims to appease cities, counties

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Local governments would get more authority over how Ohio's share of a national opioid settlement is spent — but their guaranteed percentage would remain at 30% — under an updated draft of the deal for divvying up the money that is being negotiated with the governor and attorney general.
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January 28, 2020

This law makes it harder for athletic trainers to use lifesaving drugs:

DELPHOS, Ohio (WKRC) - The empty stands seemed strange to Tom Lane -- so strange the Delphos St. John’s athletic trainer pulled out his cell phone, snapped a photo and then joined the sideline for the national anthem.
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