opioids

photo of Chuck Rosenberg
DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY

The director of the Drug Enforcement Administration came to Cleveland Monday to talk about the opioid and fentanyl epidemic.

photo of Tom Synan
NEWTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT

The head of a Cincinnati-area drug task force is calling on the state to declare a public health emergency to free up more resources for fighting heroin.

After a recent spike of overdoses, Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan, who heads the task force, is calling the situation a public health crisis.   

photo of Democratic Reps. Hearcel Craig, Greta Johnson (at podium) and Nickie Antonio
JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Democrats in the Ohio Legislature say state leaders need to do much more to deal with opioid abuse and deaths.

The state says more than 3,050 people died of drug-related deaths last year, and overdoses are the biggest cause of accidental death in the state, surpassing automobile accidents. The Kasich administration has set up its Start Talking program that focuses on drug abuse prevention, but Rep. Nickie Antonio says she and other Democrats want to be brought in to talk about what more can be done.

photo of Sen. Rob Portman, Tracy Plouck, Erin Hoeflinger, Dr. Richard Rosenquist
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

The Cleveland 2016 host committee has been very busy with the Republican National Convention this week, but they’ve also put together a series of policy panel discussions, including one on possible solutions to the opioid epidemic.

photo of Sen. Rob Portman
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Akron’s rash of heroin overdoses this month now numbers more than 100 people -- including 12 deaths – and Sen. Rob Portman was here Friday saying his newly-passed addiction and recovery act will help with the problem.

The recent spike in overdoses has been largely attributed to heroin which was cut with a power animal sedative.

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