opioid crisis

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, December 7th:

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Dozens of lawsuits filed by cities, counties and states across the country against opioid manufacturers and distributors will be consolidated in an Ohio court.

A panel of federal judges decided Tuesday that 64 lawsuits filed in seven states, including Ohio, will have their cases consolidated and pretrial motions will be heard by U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland.

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Ohio has a federal grant of nearly a million dollars to spread the word about new ways to manage prescription pain killers and reduce opioid addiction. The public information project is called Take Charge Ohio, and this month it started rolling out an interactive website. 

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Starting today, the message “Start Talking!” will be on billboards across northeast Ohio…and the state. 

The outdoor advertising blitz involves hundreds of digital-display and conventional signs and is aimed at helping stem the Opioid crisis.  

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Protesters gathered this morning outside Cardinal Health’s headquarters in Dublin to call for more accountability from the drug distribution company for its role in the opioid crisis.

Some 75 teamsters and their supporters held candles before dawn, about two hours before Cardinal’s shareholders meeting.   The union, a large investor in Cardinal, is pushing for more from the drug distributor to fight the opioid crisis.