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Fatal Drug Overdoses Continue to Rise in Ohio

photo of Mary Taylor

The latest report from the state shows that fatal drug overdoses are on the rise with addiction continuing to grow in Ohio. While officials have spent the past few years trying to fix the issue, new policies are coming out. 

In 2014, nearly 2,500 people died of drug overdoses - about 15 percent more than the year before.

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor says among new policies to battle the crisis is a requirement that pharmacy technicians be licensed or registered. On the other side, the administration is seeking laws that can make it easier to open treatment centers.

“It’s not going to be managed controlled or stopped from a law enforcement perspective only; we’re not going to arrest our way out of this problem. We need to get everybody involved in combating drug abuse here in Ohio and also treating those who already are addicted to these substances.”

Those measures are in the form of a bill that now sits in the House.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.