Opioid Addiction

Statistical Analysis on National Health Issues
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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says his proposal to limit initial prescriptions of opioids to three days in cases of acute pain is based on good science. He defended its inclusion in the newest version of his Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

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SEN. SHERROD BROWN

Sen. Sherrod Brown is introducing a bill tomorrow to provide funding for devices that detect fentanyl.

The POWER Act would provide funds for portable chemical screening devices, such as those being used by Customs and Border Protection agents. Sen. Brown says they’re needed because local law enforcement officers need to be able to test drugs in the field to ensure they’re not in danger of an accidental overdose, such as the one that happened last year to an officer in Columbiana County.

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A health care association is touting what its members believe to be a clear path Ohioans can take to cut down on opioid addiction. This path would take a culture change when it comes to the reputation of alternative medicine.

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The largest business group in the state has put together a free online toolkit for any employer who’s dealing with opioid problems in the workplace – showing just how serious the epidemic is to businesses in Ohio. 

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Ohio is dramatically expanding the number of caregivers who can prescribe Suboxone and other drugs for medication-assisted treatment of addiction.  The effort is part of a broader strategy to address the opioid epidemic. Not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

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