Drug Overdose Deaths

Ohio Public Radio

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.


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.

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 Sheriff

An Athens County couple has been charged in the opiate-overdose death of a woman.

The Ohio Department of Health says a record number of Ohioans died from drug overdoses last year.

Response To Heroin Use Becomes Campaign Issue

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

Jul 16, 2014

Politics are ramping up over the state’s heroin overdose crisis.

First-ever data produced by the state shows heroin use skyrocketing in child custody cases.

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 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

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

Aug 30, 2013

Ohio will launch a program next year to help babies who are born addicted to drugs.