Ohio opioid crisis

Gov. Mike DeWine
Dan Konik

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he is cautiously satisfied with the terms of a potential massive settlement against drug companies and distributors who have been accused of enabling the opioid crisis. Counties could get 30% and the state 15%, with the rest going into a trust. 

John Kasich, during his last year as Ohio governor, discusses the fatal opioid overdose rate.
Statehouse News Bureau

John Kasich, former Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate, is jumping into the fight over what could be hundreds of billions of dollars in settlement money over the current opioid lawsuit playing out in federal court.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
Andy Chow

A bill in the U.S. Senate is seeking to provide more financial help for children who become victims of the opioid crisis and the families who take those children in.

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As of July 1, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation will no longer pay for a powerful painkiller that’s at the center of the opioid crisis here in the Buckeye State. 

A close up of a drug disposal kit being provided by RxALI.
Jo Ingles

There’s a new anti-drug effort that involves a variety of groups from around the state. 

L-R - Gov. DeWine, Lori Criss (Director of Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services), Alisha Nelson (Director, RecoveryOhio)
Karen Kasler

Gov. Mike DeWine and leaders of his program to fight opioid abuse in Ohio are meeting with local advocates from around the state to share ideas. Here are some highlights from his most recent session in Columbus.

Statehouse News Bureau

This week lawmakers are returning for a lame duck session, with hearings set on a so-called right to work bill and a Republican-backed bill on free speech on college campuses.  Republican legislative leaders are talking about other priorities but suggesting action on controversial measures is possible.

Andy Chow

Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill into law making counterfeiting illegal in Ohio. The use of fake money was never outlawed on the state level until now. Lawmakers see this as another tool in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

Dan Konik

When it comes to connecting people with a substance abuse disorder to care, many times it’s about removing barriers. Ohio’s opioid crisis has shined a spotlight on several policies that may have served a purpose in the past, but now advocates say they only stand in the way of treatment

Jo Ingles

Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill into law that increases penalties for drug trafficking. 


Though an estimated 11 Ohioans a day are dying from fatal opioid-related overdoses, fewer opioid pills are being prescribed to patients in Ohio. 

Dan Konik

Though rates of prescription overdose deaths in Ohio are at a six-year low, there are new rules on collecting data on opioid prescriptions going into effect.