Dispensing rates for the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone increased after a 2015 Ohio law went into effect that allowed pharmacists to give the drug without a prescription. 

A recent study, published in the journal JAMA Open, found that Ohio counties with high unemployment, high poverty and low education saw a greater uptick in naloxone dispensing rates than other areas.

Study co-author and University of Cincinnati researcher Neil MacKinnon said the correlation makes sense, because many of these counties were hit the hardest by the opioid epidemic.

Ohio Coroners Warn Of July Spike In Overdose Deaths

Jul 11, 2019

Ohio coroners are raising new warnings following a spike in drug overdose deaths.

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, September 6:

  • Smucker Co. completes $375M sale;
  • Akron's West Point Market to shut down;
  • Purdue Pharma to make grant for low-dose naloxone nasal spray;
  • Documents show potential tax charges in December Cleveland City Hall raid;
  • Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert looking to exit casino business;
  • Obama to campaign for Democrats in Cleveland; 

Smucker Co. completes $375M sale

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Ohio Schools Stock Overdose Reversing Drug

Apr 11, 2018

The U.S. Surgeon General has issued an advisory, encouraging more Americans to carry the overdose reversing drug naloxone. It comes in the form of an injection or a nasal spray, known as Narcan, and is regularly carried by firefighters, EMTs and police officers. The antidote is also becoming more and more common in Ohio schools.

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Stark County is offering Narcan over-dose revival kits to opiate-addicted inmates who are released from the county jail.   

Sheriff George Maier says Stark County’s health department is trying to get the potentially life-saving kits into the hands of high-risk individuals, and the jail is one place where they can be found.

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Some of the biggest players in the fight against Ohio’s opioid abuse told business leaders that the epidemic might be closer than they think and warned them to be prepared.

The top health official in Columbus wants everyone to have Naloxone. City Health Commissioner Teresa Long says many people might brush off the overdose-reversing drug as something only addicts or their family or friends should have.

Long warned during a Columbus Metropolitan Club forum that anyone could be in a position to have to save a life.


Health and safety officials in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County hope expanded use of the heroin overdose antidote Narcan will save more lives. 

Cleveland EMS Commissioner Nichole Carlton says in the next month, all Cleveland police officers will be trained to administer Narcan. All firefighters have already been trained.

A video guide to saving a life:

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Ohio is extending a program that allows public agencies to get rebates on the opioid overdose antidote naloxone.

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals gives the rebates for its version of the drug. It will continue to issue $6 rebates for every syringe sold.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says extending the rebate was necessary because of the rise of cheaper, more potent opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil.

Opioids: Do drugs to fight drugs help or hurt?

Feb 7, 2017
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When it comes to drug addiction, a challenge facing everyone from first responders to long-term caregivers is interrupting the cycle of dependency.  This installment of our series "Opioids: Turning the Tide in the Crisis," looks at  overdose antidotes and replacement therapy.

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Narcan (also known as Naloxone) is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug. Narcan blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and quickly restores breathing. 

Last year, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed legislation that expands the use of Narcan, making it available to schools, homeless shelters, halfway houses and treatment centers.


Narcan, the medication that can offset the effects of opiates and revive overdose victims, is widely carried by area police, fire and EMT personnel.  But, with winter coming on, first-responders are having to learn more about the drug and how to handle it.

Heat is the issue. Too much or two little can ruin Narcan, also knowns as naloxone. So, emergency-response units are being trained in how to keep it ‘temperature-secure’ in cruisers, trucks and ambulances on blazing days or freezing nights.

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The state’s top law enforcement official is urging communities to take advantage of all the programs available to help them fight the heroin epidemic in all parts of Ohio.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says the heroin unit in his office can help communities with equipment, staff and information to get bigger drug dealers off the street. But he says, so far, only a few have taken advantage of that service.

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Akron police are being trained this week on how to use the drug Naloxone to revive overdose victims.  And as WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, other cities – and the public – have been getting the training as well.

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Ohio passed a law last year allowing pharmacists to sell an opioid overdose antidote without a prescription. Now, Kroger says it will join the CVS pharmacy chain in selling naloxone.

Kroger spokeswoman Patty Leesemann says customers must take a training class before the purchase.  She says the idea is to have the drug on-hand before an overdose happens.

“Individuals older than 18-years-old may go in to a Kroger pharmacy and ask for the medication. Individuals must complete a form and attend an educational session with a pharmacist. "