Drug Overdose Deaths Seven Suspected Opiate Overdoses Reported In Columbus On Sunday By Associated Press • Jul 11, 2016 Columbus police say seven people were treated Sunday for suspected opiate overdoses; one died. Columbus Police To Carry Heroin Overdose Drug Narcan By Jim Letizia • Jun 28, 2016 WCBE has learned that Columbus police officers will soon be equipped with the heroin overdose antidote Narcan. Dublin Schools To Carry Naloxone By Jim Letizia • May 25, 2016 The Dublin school board has drafted a policy to place supplies of the heroin antidote naloxone in its buildings. ADAMH To Distribute Naloxone To Friends And Families Of Addicts By Jim Letizia • Feb 25, 2016 The Franklin County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board is making free naloxone kits available to the families and friends of heroin addicts. Brown Introduces Bill To Combat Opiate Addiction By Ohio Public Radio • Feb 11, 2016 Ohio Public Radio Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio is introducing legislation to address the nation's growing opioid overdose epidemic with a comprehensive approach to addiction. Athens County Couple Charged In April Overdose Death By Jim Letizia • Nov 20, 2015 Athens County Sheriff An Athens County couple has been charged in the opiate-overdose death of a woman. Ohio Drug Overdose Deaths Set Record In 2014 By Jim Letizia & Associated Press • Sep 25, 2015 The Ohio Department of Health says a record number of Ohioans died from drug overdoses last year. Response To Heroin Use Becomes Campaign Issue By Associated Press • Oct 9, 2014 Heroin has become a campaign issue in Ohio this year as politicians disagree over who has done the most to tackle the epidemic of overdose deaths blamed on the narcotic. Addiction Treatment Funding Becoming Political Battleground By Ohio Public Radio • Jul 16, 2014 Politics are ramping up over the state’s heroin overdose crisis. Child Welfare Advocates Tout Study In Seeking More Funding By Jim Letizia & Associated Press • May 15, 2014 First-ever data produced by the state shows heroin use skyrocketing in child custody cases. Ohio Law Increases Access To Overdose Antidote By Associated Press • Mar 11, 2014 Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill into law allowing friends or family members of addicts to administer a drug overdose antidote without the fear of prosecution. Ohio Bill Increases Access To Overdose Antidote By Associated Press • Feb 19, 2014 Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill to provide a drug overdose antidote to friends or family members of addicts without the risk of prosecution. Bills Would Address Ohio's Drug Abuse Problem By Jim Letizia & Ohio Public Radio • Dec 12, 2013 A group of state lawmakers has proposed a package of 11 bills designed to help address the state's drug abuse problem. State Launching Program To Help Drug-addicted Babies By Jim Letizia & Associated Press • Aug 30, 2013 Ohio will launch a program next year to help babies who are born addicted to drugs. Bill Could Counteract Growing Number of Drug Overdoses By Ohio Public Radio • Jun 12, 2013 Ohio has an opium problem.