opioid epidemic

Photo of Senators Rob Porman (left) and Sherrod Brown (right).
Karen Kasler / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio’s U.S. senators have introduced a bipartisan bill they say will help combat the opioid-abuse problems in the Buckeye State. 

Republican Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown say their bill would raise the cap on beds covered by Medicaid at residential treatment facilities from 16 to 40. Brown says that means more Ohioans who need treatment for drug addiction can get it.

“We think that will help immensely. It will more than double the number of people who can be treated, in-patient, with beds.”

photo of John Kasich
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Gov. John Kasich had strong words for leaders in Washington from his own party. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports Kasich’s comments came amid uncertainty over Ohio’s fiscal future.

The proposed budget from Gov. John Kasich will spend less money than previously planned, but continues Medicaid expansion.

Cuyahoga County

A campaign to combat prescription opioid addiction, and believed to be the first in the country, kicked off today in Cuyahoga County. The education effort includes coordinated ads and special print and broadcast programing, with input from a wide range of resources.

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SHUTTERSTOCK

Ohio’s state government is reaching outside Columbus as Gov. John Kasich prepares to deliver his annual State of the State speech tomorrow in Sandusky.

This is the sixth time Kasich has moved the governor’s State of the State speech out of Columbus. The administration says it's a way of bringing state government to the people.