opioid crisis

O'dell Owens

A new survey of Ohioan’s health concerns shows drug use tops the list followed closely by health insurance. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.

The Ohio Health Issues Poll says for 21 percent of those surveyed drug use is Ohio’s top health problem. Dr. O’dell Owens, president of the survey’s sponsor Interact for Health, says that’s because the issue has penetrated the public’s consciousness on several levels.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich
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A recent report shows Ohio leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths. Now there are big changes coming with how Ohio deals with powerful painkillers and drug-addiction treatment.

Gov. John Kasich’s newly approved opiate addiction initiative requires pharmacy technicians to register and get background checks. It requires doctors, veterinarians and dentists who possess controlled substances to get a license from the state pharmacy board.