Ohio opioid addiction

JEFF ST.CLAIR / WKSU

One way the state of Ohio is trying to combat the opioid crisis is by funding new technologies to prevent addiction.

Last month the University of Akron shared in $10 million in state grants as part of that initiative.

On this Week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at how a personal experience with opioids inspired a local researcher’s quest for new methods of pain relief.

Dan Konik

Drug addiction counselers are speaking out against a bill that would send an ex-convict to jail if they fail a drug test. They say this proposal uses the judicial system to solve a health-care crisis.

Lori Criss is with the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Service Providers, which advocates for behavioral health services. She says the bill that proposes 30 days in jail when someone on probation tests positive for heroin is a step in the wrong direction. 

Northeast Oho Congressmen Tim Ryan and Dave Joyce are calling on the Trump administration to provide more funding for opioid relief.

Andrea Boxill, Mark Hurst, MD - Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Serevices
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Ohio has a federal grant of nearly a million dollars to spread the word about new ways to manage prescription pain killers and reduce opioid addiction. The public information project is called Take Charge Ohio, and this month it started rolling out an interactive website.