Policy

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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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February 3, 2020

Grants target recovery efforts in minorities

$350,000 award directs help toward minorities
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February 2, 2020

Overdose reversal drug dispensing soared after Ohio law change

A new study by pharmacy researchers at the University of Cincinnati found a dramatic increase in the number of naloxone prescriptions dispensed in Ohio since a 2015 law change.
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January 16, 2020

Sen. Portman presses for permanent criminalization of Fentanyl-related substances

As the U.S. opioid epidemic continues, and with a criminalization order against fentanyl-related substances set to expire, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) took to the Senate floor this week urging legislation to permanently schedule the drugs.
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January 19, 2020

U.S. attorney: Make ban on fentanyl analogues permanent

Most Ohioans do not know that a deadly poison is being added to heroin, cocaine, crystal methamphetamine and, yes, even marijuana. It is called fentanyl, or one of its analogues. And it is killing people.
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