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Five drug makers are asking a Ross County judge to dismiss the Ohio Attorney General's lawsuit over their alleged role in the state's opioid crisis.

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Preliminary figures on opioid overdose deaths this year show Franklin County is on pace to surpass last year's numbers.

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New limits on prescription painkillers took effect this week.

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A Reynoldsburg man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for selling a fatal mixture of heroin and fentanyl.

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The state says a record 4,050 people died of drug overdoses last year, driven in large part by the emergence of stronger drugs like fentanyl.

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A new study shows one in five family doctors have received a payment for prescribing an opioid medication - and Ohio is among the top ten states for it.

President Trump says he is ready to declare the nation's opioid crisis "a national emergency," saying it is a "serious problem the likes of which we have never had." Speaking to reporters at the entrance to his Bedminster, N.J., golf club, where he is on a working vacation, Trump promised "to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis."

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The head of Dublin-based Cardinal Health, a defendant in multiple lawsuits filed by communities and states over the distribution of opioids, says his firm plans a vigorous defense.

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Democrats are criticizing a plan announced by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to send 12 federal prosecutors to cities dealing with opioid addiction.

A White House commission released a report this week on America's opioid crisis with an urgent recommendation — that President Trump declare it a national emergency.

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Ohio doctors have reached tentative agreement with the Kasich administration on a proposed rule requiring them to report the specific diagnosis of every patient who receives a prescription painkiller.

The City of Columbus is spending 20 thousand dollars to purchase 329 doses of the opioid antidote naloxone for use by police.

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The Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County  has approved plans for a new drug detox and treatment center.

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Ohio's Attorney General filed suit in June against five pharmaceutical manufacturers over the state's opioid epidemic.

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A Hilliard woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for giving a friend a fatal dose of heroin.

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Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor tried to differentiate herself Friday from the three other Republicans who are running for governor next year. 

The U.S. is in the midst of an opioid crisis. Millions of Americans are addicted to the powerful prescription painkillers, and tens of thousands are dying each year from overdoses.

A new report out Thursday offers a bit of hope: Doctors are prescribing opioids less often, and the average dose they're giving patients has dropped, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

City officials say vending machines being installed in Columbus firehouses will help paramedics and firefighters keep better track of the drugs they dispense.

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A Middletown city council member says he doesn't regret his suggestion that emergency crews should stop saving people who repeatedly overdose.

Among the troubling developments of the nation's opioid crisis: a large number of babies born prenatally exposed to opioids.

On a recent reporting trip, we visited Trinity Hospital in Steubenville, Ohio, where according to the acting CEO, 1 in 5 babies are born with prenatal opioid exposure. Other hospitals report as many as 1 in 8 newborns exposed to opioids in the womb.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich has until Friday night to sign the 65 billion dollar two-year state budget bill approved on Wednesday.

The City of Columbus and Franklin County have unveiled a new plan to combat opioid abuse.

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An Associated Press analysis shows Medicaid expansion accounted for 43 percent of total Ohio Medicaid spending on substance abuse and mental health treatment.

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The Franklin County coroner says overdose deaths blamed largely on opioids are spiking.

A one-paragraph letter, barely a hundred words long, unwittingly became a major contributor to today's opioid crisis, researchers say.

"This has recently been a matter of a lot of angst for me," Dr. Hershel Jick, co-author of that letter, told Morning Edition host David Greene recently. "We have published nearly 400 papers on drug safety, but never before have we had one that got into such a bizarre and unhealthy situation."

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The cities of Dayton and Lorain are suing drug companies amid the state's opioid crisis.

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Ohio's Third Frontier Commission has released its requests for proposals involving scientific breakthroughs that could help solve the U.S. opioid crisis, and for the manager of a related technology challenge.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's lawsuit against five drug companies is drawing mixed reaction from Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates.

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A nationally recognized health official is asking Ohio lawmakers to put more focus and resources into the opioid epidemic.

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Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor has revealed her two sons have struggled with opioid addiction over the past five years.

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