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Opioid Epidemic

National Overdose Deaths—Number of Deaths from Opioid Drugs. The figure above is a bar chart showing the total number of U.S. overdose deaths involving opioid drugs from 2002 to 2015. Included in this number are opioid analgesics, along with heroin and il
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The Trump administration has announced plans to distribute $485 million to all 50 states, and United States territories. The Health and Human Services grants are part of a health bill signed into law by President Barack Obama, designed to help states combat the worsening opioid epidemic. Under the plan, Ohio stands to receive more than $26 million. 

The money can be used to pay for opioid-addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services.

Office of Governor John Kasich

Governor John Kasich is implementing rule changes for the way medical professionals can prescribe opioids. This plan comes just one day after majority Republicans in the House announced a bill that would accomplish many of the same goals. 

Kasich’s plan would enact rule changes to limit opioid prescriptions to a 7-day supply for an adult and a 5-day supply for children. He’s adamant these changes are going into effect soon and don’t need legislative approval.

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It’s no secret that Ohio’s opioid overdose-death toll continues to rise. Despite a significant drop in prescription opioids over the last few years, overdose deaths in 2015 jumped another 20 percent, and Southwest Ohio has been especially hard-hit by the crisis.

The Montgomery County Family Treatment Court, was recently awarded a three year grant that will be used to improve the safety and well-being of children caught up in the opioid epidemic.

 

To get the details on how the grant will help, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Juvenile Court Judge Tony Capizzi, who oversees the program.

 

 

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