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Born Exposed: Schools Seek To Help Children Exposed To Drugs In The Womb

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Students line up single file behind teachers at West Elementary in Athens, Ohio, for. the walk downhill from the brick building to board buses or meet up with the person taking them home. Some talk about their day, others run off to the playground and some discuss the latest Pokémon movie. A chant for the… Read More

Attorney General Dave Yost

Yost: Purdue Settlement Money Should be Spent Locally

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says any money the state receives from a settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma should be spent at the local level. Yost, a Republican, went “on the record” with his position at an unrelated news conference Wednesday. He said he doesn’t want Ohio’s efforts to exercise… Read More

Health Officials Say Ohio Drug Overdoses Drop by 22% in 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of fatal drug overdoses in Ohio declined for the first time since 2009, according to state health officials, a milestone in the state’s ongoing battle with a deadly addictions epidemic. Preliminary figures from the Ohio Department of Health show the number of overdoses dropped more than 22% last year…. Read More

Prize winners and other observers look on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio, as another $2.4 million is awarded through the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge.

Ohio Awards Final Prizes in Opioid Science Challenge

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio has awarded the final round of prizes in its global technology challenge seeking scientific breakthroughs to address the U.S. opioid crisis. Four winners were announced Tuesday, with each receiving $1 million as part of the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge. Winning ideas included “Brave Button,” an in-home device from Vancouver, Canada-based… Read More

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Feds: Pharmacy Ignored Red Flags When Filling Prescriptions

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they’ve suspended a West Virginia pharmacy’s registration for improperly dispensing prescription drugs. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced the suspension against Oak Hill Hometown Pharmacy on Thursday. Stuart says the pharmacy filled about 2,000 prescriptions for a widely-misused drug called Subutex over a three-year period despite red flags that… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio Governor: ‘No Doubt’ Drugmakers Caused Opioid Crisis

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says evidence made public over the past two weeks makes clear that drugmakers were responsible for the U.S. opioid crisis. The Republican spoke Friday at a joint appearance with U.S. drug czar Jim Carroll, the president’s chief drug policy adviser. The two were highlighting record usage of… Read More

ARC Awards Grant To Help Pave Road To Addiction Recovery

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The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded a major grant to what it calls an innovative pilot program for a region hit hard by the addiction crisis. The goal is to help people struggling with addiction get on the road to treatment, recovery, and – ultimately – employment. People with substance use disorders can have trouble… Read More