Prescription drug abuse Record Number Of Ohioans Died Of Drug Overdoses Last Year By Associated Press & Ohio Public Radio • Aug 31, 2017 Ohio Public Radio 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. Ohio Doctors Would Report Opioid Diagnosis Codes Under Deal By Associated Press • Jul 28, 2017 medicaid.ohio.gov 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. OSU Prof: Jeff Sessions Introduces Uncertainty To Ohio's Medical Marijuana Marketplace By Ohio Public Radio • Jun 16, 2017 Today is the deadline for small medical marijuana cultivators to apply for a state license. AMA Gives State High Marks For Monitoring Prescription Drugs By Associated Press • May 30, 2017 ohiopmp.gov The American Medical Association has listed Ohio as the top state for monitoring prescription drugs. Cardinal Agrees To Settle Lawsuit Filed By West Virginia By Jim Letizia • Dec 30, 2016 Dublin-based Cardinal Health has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by West Virginia authorities alleging it fed the state's opioid epidemic by failing to properly oversee and report significant increases in orders for prescription drugs. Documents Show Cardinal Health Shipped Millions Of Hydrocodone, Oxycodone Pills To WVA By Associated Press • Oct 10, 2016 U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration records show Dublin-based Cardinal Health shipped 241 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to West Virginia between 2007 and 2012. State Issues Guidelines For Prescribing Opiates By Associated Press • Jan 20, 2016 healthy.ohio.gov Ohio Governor John Kasich and a coalition of state medical professionals have announced guidelines meant to reduce the prescribing of opiates for short-term pain. Lawmakers Want Insurance Companies To Cover Costs Of Tamper-Proof Pills By Jim Letizia & Ohio Public Radio • Sep 18, 2015 whio.com State lawmakers have introduced a bill designed to help curb Ohio's prescription drug overdose epidemic. Ohio Ranked 12th For Opioid Prescriptions By Jim Letizia • Jul 3, 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The Centers for Disease Control says Ohio doctors prescribe painkillers at high rates. Bill Targets Juvenile Prescription Drug Abuse By Jim Letizia & Associated Press • Jan 16, 2014 The Ohio House has approved a bipartisan measure aimed at preventing drug abuse by youth. State Launches Anti-Drug Initiative By Jim Letizia & Associated Press & Ohio Public Radio • Jan 9, 2014 Ohio Governor John Kasich says although the state has made progress in fighting prescription drug abuse, it remains a problem. 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. New Guidelines For Clinicians Prescribing Painkillers By Jim Letizia & Ohio Public Radio • Oct 8, 2013 Overdoses driven largely by painkiller addictions have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio. Ohio health system collects fingerprints to fight painkiller abuse By Alison Holm & Associated Press • Jul 26, 2012 Holzer Health systems in Gallipolis is hoping a fingerprint collectionprogram will help it cut down on prescription painkiller abuse.