Because of the increasing incidents of Ohio’s opioid addictions and deaths (we are ranked among the top), as noted in the Sixty Minutes special Sunday night, this issue will concentrate on the opioid and pain killer epidemic.


From: The Columbus Dispatch

Why are Ohio’s heroin deaths higher than those in Texas, California?

Ohio records 4,050 drug deaths, up 33 percent from 2015

Ohio mayors urge Kasich to do more about ‘unfolding catastrophe’ of drug crisis

How business of fentanyl controls Ohio’s opioid crisis

Opioids flow through Las Vegas-Columbus pipeline

Narcan, targeting pill mills won’t solve opioid crisis, author says

Massage gloves, pain blockers: Ohio turns to tech to battle opioid crisis

Business Insider 

One of the states hit hardest by the opioid crisis shows us what’s wrong with how we’re fighting it

The Cincinnati Enquirer  

More help for heroin fight on way

7 things to know about heroin

Nearly 300M doses of opioids flooded Greater Cincinnati over five years

The New York Times 

Amid opioid crisis, insurers restrict pricey, less addictive painkillers 

Associated Press 

40 Ohio police agencies split $3M for drug response teams

CBS News

Fentanyl drives another record year of overdose deaths in Ohio

Mother Jones 

Ohio’s new overdose rates are truly insane


Ohio Mayors call for ‘czar’ to deal with opioid crisis

The Cleveland Plain Dealer 

Can we prevent more overdose deaths of people released after detoxing in jail?

US News & World Report 

Ohio pain doctors to meet in Cincinnati amid opioid epidemic

Ohio Council of Churches

Ohio’s opiate epidemic is sadly number 1 in the USA!

Public News Service

Researchers: Prescription opioid treatment out of reach

Hometown Stations

Gov. Kasich talks battling opioid abuse

Public policy news alerts are compiled and posted by the Rev. Deniray Mueller, legislative liaison for the Diocese of Southern Ohio and Social Justice & Public Policy Convener. If you have any questions/comments about the subjects presented, please contact her at or 614.668.6036.


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