opioids

SHUTTERSHOCK

Though an estimated 11 Ohioans a day are dying from fatal opioid-related overdoses, fewer opioid pills are being prescribed to patients in Ohio. 

 

LINDA CHAMBERS
ANDY CHOW / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

A mother says her son would still be alive if the state had a law that sent people back to jail if they fail a drug test while on parole. Currently, probation officers can use their judgment. But a bill would take that discretion away.

Scottie Childers tested positive for fentanyl one day last January while on probation. Four hours after that test, he died of an overdose.

STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio has joined communities around the state, along with cities, counties and some other states in suing four companies that distributed prescription painkillers that they say helped fuel the deadly opioid crisis. And  two of the targets of the suit are Ohio-based.

Photo of Senators Scott Oelslager and President Larry Obhof
JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

State lawmakers have introduced their plan to spend more than $2.6 billion on capital improvements throughout Ohio. 

Republican Sen. Scott Oelslager says the new capital budget allows about $600 million for building new schools and around $483 million for colleges and universities. And he says it allocates new spending to deal with Ohio’s opioid crisis. 

A photo of opioid pain pills.
KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

It’ll be a while before the state puts out new official numbers on Ohio’s deadly opioid crisis. But the federal Centers for Disease Control says it has new stats that show the epidemic is nowhere close to slowing down.

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