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Public News Service - OH: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

Ohio lawmakers must approve a biennial budget by June 30. (Aryeh Alex/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As work continues this week on Ohio's budget, there are calls for lawmakers to prioritize funding to support Ohioans in crisis. The Senate Finance Committee holds its fourth public hearing Tuesday on the two-year spending plan due June 30. Additional money for mental healt

One-in-three Ohio adults who say they've ever tried marijuana also have smoked it in the past year. (cendeced/Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As substance abuse-prevention advocates from across the state gather for an annual meeting today, a new poll reveals nearly half of Ohio adults have tried marijuana. According to data from the latest Ohio Health Issues poll, 1-in-3 of those who have tried the drug have used

Nineteen Ohio counties will be focus areas as part of a national effort to address the opioid epidemic. (NIH)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio is among four states taking part in an ambitious effort to stem the tide of the opioid crisis. The state is receiving nearly $70 million in federal funding for The HEALing Communities Study aimed at reducing overdose deaths by 40 percent over three years. A coalition

Several Ohio counties deemed at-risk for HIV outbreaks do not have a needle exchange program. (Todd Hufflman/Creativecommons.org)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – New research examines the growth of syringe service programs in Ohio, and highlights the demand for continued support for them. Also known as needle exchanges, SSPs provide access to sterile needles, and safe disposal of used needles, to people who use injection drugs. Mel

Between 2010 and 2016, opioid-related overdose deaths tripled in Ohio. (christinacorsco/Twenty20)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – While the opioid crisis has touched Ohioans from all walks of life, some of the risk factors may not be random. In an attempt to better understand how the opioid epidemic has unfolded across the country, Syracuse University Associate Professor of Sociology Shannon Monnat exa

The CDC has encouraged medical providers to reduce painkiller prescriptions. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Many opioid addictions begin with a legitimate prescription for pain pills, and new data uncover how these medications are being prescribed in Ohio. The 2018 Ohio Health Issues Poll found that about 30 percent of Ohio adults have been prescribed a pain reliever in the past f

Experts say the opioid crisis has evolved from addiction to prescription pain medication and now an increase in fentanyl and methamphetamine use. (rtdisoho/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Solving a problem takes understanding, and a new poll reveals insight on public opinion that could be beneficial in combating Ohio's opioid epidemic. Addiction is described by the National Institute on Drug Abuse as a chronic disease, and 6-in-10 adults in the latest Ohio He

Ohio voters will have the final say on Issue 1, a criminal justice reform measure. (M. Kuhlman)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Is Issue 1 on Ohio's November ballot a solution for both mass incarceration and the opioid epidemic? It depends on who you ask. If passed, Issue 1 would make offenses related to drug possession and use no more than misdemeanors; prohibit sending those on probation for feloni

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