Politics

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September 1, 2019

Ohio attorney general sues to stop upcoming opioid trials

Upcoming trials seen as test cases for forcing drugmakers to pay for societal damage inflicted by the opioid epidemic should be delayed until Ohio's own lawsuits against the drugmakers can be heard, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost argued in a lawsuit.
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Ways of Grieving

This activity explores various approaches to grieving. Using the experience of a politician who lost a sibling to opioid abuse, participants will consider how grief can serve as a powerful motivator to strengthen communities and prevent future overdose deaths.
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January 23, 2019

Analysis Finds Geographic Overlap In Opioid Use And Trump Support In 2016

The fact that rural, economically disadvantaged parts of the country broke heavily for the Republican candidate in the 2016 election is well known. But Medicare data indicate that voters in areas that went for Trump weren't just hurting economically — many of them were receiving prescriptions for opioid painkillers.
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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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October 18, 2018

Southwest Ohio receives $2.1M to help address opioid crisis

Three Southwest Ohio counties have collectively received $2.1 million in grant funding to in their mission to prevent and treat those addicted to opioids. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program awarded Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act grants to Butler, Hamilton and Warren counties, which will support the development of partnerships between first responders and treatment providers who respond to overdoses.
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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 28, 2019

Ohio Hoping New Medical Marijuana Law Will Ease Its Opioid Crisis

The headline above sounds similar to a passage from Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young’s anti-war song “Ohio,” which chronicled the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University nearly 50 years ago. But it’s actually a description of what is happening today in the Buckeye State, where opioid overdoses are killing people in large numbers. Ohio is among the top five states with the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths.
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September 24, 2018

Opioids in Ohio at Center of Governor’s Race

The death rate of Ohioans from opioid use is more than twice the national average and the blame for the state's snowballing crisis has become central to the open-seat race for governor. In the past five years of the most recent statistics available, the number of Ohio residents who have died from opioids has ballooned by a third, to 3,495 in 2016. Mike DeWine, the Republican nominee for governor, has presided as the state's attorney general for the last eight years, leaving him vulnerable to the critique that he's failed to stem the epidemic as it's worsened.
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