opioid abuse

photo of George Barrett Cardinal health CEO
C SPAN

Editor's note: The headline on this article has been changed to clarify Barrett's statement.

The chairman of Ohio-based drug distributor Cardinal Health apologized to members of Congress Tuesday. George Barrett joined four other drug-company executives in testifying about their role in the opioid crisis.

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TIM RUDELL / WKSU

Sen. Sherrod Brown has introduced legislation to address what he says is a growing problem for employers and for people getting treatment for addiction.

Earlier this week, the senator called for a comprehensive public health campaign to combat the opioid epidemic.

Jeff Sessions
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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and his counterparts from a half dozen other states joined U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to announce the next steps in the battle against opioid addiction. 

Sessions announced the federal government will join Ohio and hundreds of other local and state governments suing the companies that make and distribute opioid drugs.

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JO INGLES / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

One of the three people who plan  to build a medical marijuana campus in Southwest Ohio thinks the drug can be used to treat one of the state’s biggest problems – opioid abuse.

Jimmy Gould, an investor who also served on the task force that developed Ohio’s medical marijuana law, thinks pot can be used to relieve symptoms of withdrawal from opioid use. Under Ohio’s new law, medical marijuana isn’t approved for that purpose; Gould thinks it should be.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Summit County residents struggling with addiction now have a help line to assist them with finding treatment.

The Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board is launching its help line on Tuesday morning. 

Callers will be asked questions regarding their age, location and other factors to determine which agencies might best help them.

Executive Director Jerry Craig says data will be collected on the success rate and wait times for treatment to better gauge the capacity of local service providers.

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