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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, Oct. 22:

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Oct. 17:

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, Oct. 16

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The Ohio House version of the new two-year state budget has proposed doubling the $30 million Gov. Mike DeWine asked for to take care of foster children in Ohio.

The increase is a lifeline for overwhelmed county agencies.

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The President of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), an organization with over 20,000 lawyers and judges among its membership, is speaking out against Issue 1, the statewide November ballot measure aimed at reducing penalties for low-level drug crimes.

A photo outside the federal courthouse in Cleveland, of Brenda Ryan holding up a photo of her daughter, Sheena Moore, who died of an overdose.

Attorneys handling hundreds of lawsuits stemming from the opioid crisis say they’re making progress in discussions between local governments and drug companies.


U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster held a brief public hearing today to discuss the suits brought by cities, counties, Native American tribes and others against drug makers and distributors.

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At a City Club of Cleveland speech Monday, Sen. Sherrod Brown called for a major public health campaign to combat opioid addiction. The Ohio Democrat pointed to anti-smoking programs as a model.

Brown said that, much like the campaign against tobacco, it could take years of sustained effort to beat opioid use.

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Cleveland’s biomedical leaders are looking at how the private sector can help fight the opioid epidemic.

Local business development group BioEnterprise is teaming with the international consulting firm Accenture to help health care providers find ways to improve addiction treatment and prevention.

CEO Aram Nerpouni says while lawmakers and law enforcement have so far led the response to the opioid crisis, the private sector needs to assess its role.

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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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The state’s Third Frontier Commission has announced five winners for ideas and projects it thinks could make a difference in the fight against opioids. It’s the first part of a competition to find technology-based solutions to the opioid crisis.

Wright State University professor Yong Pei came up with glasses that use augmented reality to enhance what a patient senses after surgery.

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True to his word in Tuesday’s State of the City Address, Mayor Dan Horrigan today  launched a “Quick Response Team” program for overdose cases in Akron. 

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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.

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A new survey of Ohioan’s health concerns shows drug use tops the list followed closely by health insurance. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.

The Ohio Health Issues Poll says for 21 percent of those surveyed drug use is Ohio’s top health problem. Dr. O’dell Owens, president of the survey’s sponsor Interact for Health, says that’s because the issue has penetrated the public’s consciousness on several levels.

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A decade-long look at the quality-of-life in Summit County shows renewed optimism about jobs in greater Akron, even as concern over safety has risen in recent years.

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A state committee on Drug Use Prevention Education held its first meeting in Akron Thursday, hearing testimony on what needs to be done in schools to battle the opioid epidemic.

The committee was formed in August by Attorney General Mike DeWine and state lawmakers to recommend age-appropriate drug education in schools in Ohio.


Ohio’s attorney general has been doing events around the state in the last few weeks to bring more awareness to the state’s drug opioid epidemic.

And that crisis was brought into a harsh spotlight recently, thanks to a photo of two Ohioans who nearly died from their heroin use. 

Mike DeWine says he has mixed feelings about the East Liverpool police photo that went viral, featuring a couple overdosing on heroin in a van with a 4-year-old buckled in a seat behind them.

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More than a dozen school superintendents met today with law enforcement to discuss the growing opioid crisis.

Officials from Summit, Portage, Cuyahoga and surrounding counties gathered at the invitation of Aurora Superintendent Pat Ciccantelli, who says education about opioid abuse is key for both parents and students. He says one area for improvement is with student athletes who have leftover painkillers after a sports injury.

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The Summit County Community Partnership is one of the agencies that marked International Overdose Awareness Day today.  And as WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, it's using the occasion to launch a new way to dispose of unwanted medications – a key part in addressing the opioid crisis.

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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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State legislative, education and health leaders are part of a coalition that is looking at how to put in place a new drug abuse prevention strategy in Ohio’s schools.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says there is a moral imperative for the state to do everything within its power to help prevent Ohio’s children from abusing drugs.

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President Obama has signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA, which aims to curb abuse of heroin and opioid drugs.

The bill was co-sponsored by Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman, and it expands access to drug treatment and recovery efforts.