opiods

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JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill into law that increases penalties for drug trafficking.

Cuyahoga Falls resident Brenda Ryan is raising her 7-year-old grandson after his mother, Sheena Moore, died from a drug overdose in 2016. She was only 31 years old. 

Ryan says the man who provided the deadly drugs to her daughter spent only eight years in prison because the penalties were reduced once it was determined the drug wasn’t heroin.

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Mayors from the 30 largest cities in the state laid out an agenda they’d like to see Ohio’s next governor and new legislature follow.

The Ohio Mayors Alliance wants a home rule compact and a new state fund to benefit local governments. 

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther said cities have lost important state dollars. At the same time, he noted more than 86% of the wages in the state are in Ohio’s metro areas.

Ohio Statehouse
State of Ohio

This was a budget year, and there was a looming deficit lawmakers had to deal with. That took up a lot of time in the Statehouse, but legislators passed other laws affecting baseball, sales tax breaks and workers' compensation.

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Andy Chow / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The state attorney general is calling for schools to disclose what kind of drug education they’re providing to students, from their first days in class through graduation from high school. 

Attorney General Mike DeWine has said educating kids is a key to fighting Ohio’s opioid crisis, which he says is the worst drug epidemic he’s ever seen.

MAUREEN O'CONNOR
OHIO SUPREME COURT

Courts are getting hit hard by the state’s opioid epidemic, according to the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports that was just one point in her annual state of the judiciary speech.

Maureen O’Connor advised judges to require tests for the drug fentanyl and cautioned them that the opioid crisis isn’t limited to drug courts.

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