News Home
Quick Bites
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
On AirNewsClassical
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Wayside Furniture

Knight Foundation

Levin Furniture

For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )

Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Courts and Crime

Increase in Ohio prescription painkiller deaths slows
With recent crackdowns on prescription drug abuse, state officials hope to see a decrease in death toll as well

Bill Cohen
Orman Hall is the Executive Director at Fairfield County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board
Courtesy of The Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

There’s good news and bad news in Ohio’s battle against drug abuse. The bad news is the number of deaths linked to drugs continues to increase. The good news is the rate of increase is slowing down. Statehouse Correspondent Bill Cohen has more on the story.

Hear Cohen talk about the increase in Ohio prescription painkiller deaths slowin

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:09)

In 2010, Ohio saw a 26 percent increase in the number of drug overdoses tied to prescription painkillers.

New numbers for 2011 show the increase was trimmed to 13 percent. Officials note that, in the middle of 2011, legislators cracked down on prescription drug abuse, and some notorious pill mills in southern Ohio were shut down by authorities.

So they're hoping that, because last year was the first for which the crackdown was fully in effect, updated numbers will ultimately show little or no increase in drug- abuse related deaths and eventually an actual decrease.

The head of Ohio’s Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, Orman Hall, is warning that, as safe guards take hold, Ohio will see a shift to heroin and other non-prescription drugs. He’s using that as an argument for Ohio legislators to OK an expansion in the Medicaid program because that can free up local money for new addiction treatment centers. 

Add Your Comment


E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

Kasich campaign evokes dark images of a Trump presidency

Backers of legalizing marijuana in Ohio promise to be back in 2016
We should be aloud to grow more than 4 plants and not have to register with the state considering it will be a free market.

Akron says it's had no second thoughts about welcoming refugees
What business does Councilman Neal own on North Hill? I'd love to support him. I am so glad to have the refugees in our neighborhood. I have lived here for 25 ...

Scarborough says the University of Akron is trying to rebuild relationships
In order for the University of Akron to grow and become a desirable place for students across Ohio and elsewhere, it must address the crime problem in the Akron...

Ohio Sen. Cliff Hite wants to end pay-to-play sports fees at Ohio's schools
You can bet Hite and Husted will also rush to the rescue of the Academic Challenge team, the speech-and-debate squad, the Science Olympians and the chess club. ...

Ohio lawmakers consider new gun bills
States that have gun restrictions/cities have reduced gun violence is false. CHICAGO has some of the toughest gun laaws/restrictions but yet fun violence is off...

Cleveland's public transit system considers fare increase for 2016
I work with individuals with disabilities. Yes some of my folks need more help than the average person. As a whole, the group I work with however can manuver ju...

Community group sues to re-open part of Wadsworth hospital
My father was part of the founding group of citizens which started the "new" Wadsworth/Rittman Hospital. For some reason the leadership for the future of the ho...

The Cleveland Museum of Art presents painters who loved their gardens
brilliant masterpiece, Greetings from

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University