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Drug Overdose Deaths

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Hilliard police have filed drug and manslaughter charges against a woman who they say gave an an Upper Arlington man the heroin that led to his overdose death last June.

Child welfare advocates say more children are put into foster care amid the state's opioid crisis, but funding for children services agencies falls short.

As Ohio's heroin overdose epidemic nears a record high in deaths, lobbyists representing prescription drug makers poured more than 3.5 million into Ohio political coffers over the last decade.

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A state law taking effect today offers immunity to people trying to get help for someone overdosing on drugs, or victims who seek assistance.

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A Hamilton county judge has granted immunity to anyone who turns in heroin or other potentially fatal drugs after a surge in overdoses in the region.

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Hamilton County law enforcement and government officials plan to appear before a judge today for a hearing about the recent surge of heroin overdoses.

Ross County Sheriff's deputies are reporting a spike in heroin overdoses.

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Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says lab tests confirm heroin seized in a recent arrest was mixed with carfentanil, a powerful elephant tranquilizer.

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services officials say accidental drug overdoses killed a record 3,050  Ohioans last year,  an average of eight per day.

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State leaders say a committee of nearly two-dozen experts will study drug-use prevention education in schools, with orders to report back in three months.

The Ohio Highway Patrol says troopers seized seven times as much heroin during the first half of the year as they did during the first six months of 2015.

An online petition is calling on Ohio to quarantine heroin addicts.

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Multiple overdose deaths in one day last month in Columbus were caused by a mixture of heroin and Carfentanyl, a powerful large animal tranquilizer.

Arraignment is scheduled Wednesday for a Columbus woman indicted by a Franklin County grand jury on charges of injecting her father with a lethal dose of heroin.

The large-animal sedative being mixed with heroin in Akron, where more than a dozen people died of overdoses so far this month, is making its way to Montgomery County.

Columbus police say seven people were treated Sunday for suspected opiate overdoses; one died.

WCBE has learned that Columbus police officers will soon be equipped with the heroin overdose antidote Narcan.

The Dublin school board has drafted a policy to place supplies of the heroin antidote naloxone in its buildings.

The Franklin County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board is making free naloxone kits available to the families and friends of heroin addicts.

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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. 

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