In 2011, Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich announced the establishment of the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team to fight opiate abuse. Ohio is combatting drug abuse through many initiatives on several fronts at the state and local levels involving law enforcement, public health, addiction and treatment professionals, healthcare providers, educators, parents and many others. It will take some time for their full impact to be reflected in reducing the number of drug overdose deaths.
Opiate Mid-Biennium Review (S.B. 319) passes General Assembly Dec. 8, 2016
2011-2017 Initiatives to fight Opiate Abuse
2015 Ohio Drug Overdose Data
Background information on Fentanyl
CDC Health Advisory on Fentanyl-related Overdose Fatalities
Rapid Increase in Drug Overdoses Community Response Plan Template
Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team
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Three types of guidelines are intended to supplement and not replace the individual prescriber’s clinical judgment in various medical settings.
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(1/25/16) Cleveland Plain Dealer Opioid prescriptions in Ohio down more than 20 percent
(12/13/16) WKSU 89.7 Kasich’s Opiate-Addiction Initiative Clears Ohio Statehouse with Bipartisan Support
(12/13/16) USA Today White House moves quickly to release opioid money
(12/13/16) WTOV-TV 9 New anti-drug program introduced to students
(12/13/16) Columbus Dispatch Emergency department physicians work to cut back on prescribing addictive pills
(12/12/16) Toledo Blade (Editorial) Moves against a scourge
(10/25/2016) Associated Press 9 Ohio counties get funds to help prevent substance abuse
(9/30/2016) WTOL-TV New Ohio Law Cracks Down on Prescribing Opiate Medication for Injured Workers
(9/152016) WTVG-TV Wood County Talks Solutions at Opiate Town Hall
(9/10/2016) Springfield News-Sun Springfield partnership shows promise for heroin-addicted moms, babies
(9/10/2016) Elyria Chronicle-Telegram Elyria Schools video aims to get kids to steer clear of heroin
(9/9/2016) Akron Beacon Journal Residents share their solutions to the region’s heroin crisis
(8/30/2016) WCMH-TV Kasich pleads with the public to address heroin, drug problems
(8/29/2016) Columbus Dispatch Public access to life-saving overdose drug expands to 79 Ohio counties
(8/26/2016) Hillsboro Times-Gazette Take Back Our County fighting drug abuse
(8/30-2016) Fox45now Dayton Rally to help those with addiction
(7/28/2016) Canton Repository Carfenanil in Stark County
(7/28/2016) CleveScene Heroin being cut with elephant sedative
(7/25/2016) Lancaster Eagle-Gazette Ohio grant leads to 2,200+ lives saved
(7/15/2016) WLWT TV5 Cincinnati Officials find powerful animal sedative in tri-state heroin
(3/22/2016) Columbus Dispatch Targeted interventions might cut Ohio fentanyl deaths, CDC suggests
(5/21/2015) The Toledo Blade Hooked on heroin: Exposing an epidemic
(4/29/2015) Cincinnati Enquirer Coalition aims to pool resources to fight heroin
(1/25/2015) Associated Press Risk of painkiller abuse now a required subject in Ohio schools