Politics

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October 19, 2019

Here, the opioid crisis is bigger than politics. As rehab centers replace pill mills, an Ohio River city fights back

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Dale King rumbled into the parking lot in his military Jeep, a black 1940s-style clunker that he maneuvered with a skull-tipped stick shift. Heavy metal music blasted from the garage that he and some friends had converted to a gym for the neighboring addiction center.
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October 17, 2019

Candidates Propose Decriminalizing Opioids. What Would That Look Like In Ohio?

During Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate in Westerville, two candidates discussed the idea of decriminalizing opioids.
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October 15, 2019

Democratic debate: Here's what the candidates had to say about Ohio

WESTERVILLE - Democrats took the stage in the Columbus suburb of Westerville Tuesday. But did they study up on Ohio?
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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.
Community Conversations — Activity

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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