The Latest: Ohio to study school drug prevention education


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on Ohio’s addictions epidemic (all times local):

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State leaders say a committee of experts will study drug-use prevention education in Ohio schools with orders to report back in three months.

The committee announced Thursday will also issue recommendations for putting age-appropriate drug education in schools in every grade.

The committee of more than 20 people including lawmakers, treatment providers, law enforcement officials and educators will hold meetings around the state to see what kind of education schools currently use.

The initiative was announced by Attorney General Mike DeWine, Ohio Senate President Keith Faber and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger.

As the state’s addictions epidemic continues, Ohio troopers say they seized about seven times as much heroin during the first half of 2016 as they did during the same period last year.

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Ohio troopers say they seized about seven times as much heroin during the first half of 2016 as they did during the same period last year.

The State Highway Patrol attributes the increase at least in part to several large drug busts.

The rise comes amid other signs that Ohio’s opiate problems continue to grow. The Cleveland area saw 15 overdose deaths in a recent three-day span that were attributed to heroin, the synthetic opiate fentanyl or a combination of those.

Customs officials in Cincinnati seized 10 pounds of heroin in one summer shipment.

And in Columbus, the coroner just launched an Opiate Crisis Task Force. She says about half of Franklin County’s overdose deaths in the past two years were heroin-related, and the numbers could be higher for 2016.

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