University donates $1,500 to city for 25 naloxone kits

The University of Findlay College of Pharmacy donated $1,500 to the Findlay Health Department on Wednesday so it can purchase 25 naloxone kits. Naloxone, a drug that prevents people from overdosing, can now be distributed without a prescription, after Gov. John Kasich signed...

Lawmakers pass bill aimed at reducing drug deaths

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have passed legislation to expand the availability of a drug overdose antidote used across the state to save addicts on the brink of death. The legislation approved Wednesday by the House would let doctors authorize individuals to hand out a...

Overdose antidote vote delayed

COLUMBUS (AP) — A state Senate committee has delayed voting on a bill that could expand use of a drug overdose antidote across Ohio. It’s aimed at reducing the state’s record-high number of fatal overdoses from heroin and painkillers, which are the leading cause...

Ohio to get rebates for drug overdose antidote

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS AP Legal Affairs Writer COLUMBUS — The manufacturer of a drug overdose antidote credited with saving numerous addicts’ lives will provide rebates for public agencies buying the antidote over the next year, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine...

Bill would expand overdose antidote access

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS AP Legal Affairs Writer COLUMBUS — Doctors could authorize individuals to hand out a drug overdose antidote to addicts, their friends and family members without requiring a prescription under an Ohio bill aimed at expanding the drug’s...

Overdose drug: Sprague backs easier access

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER A drug used to prevent heroin users from overdosing could soon become easily accessible in Ohio. Naloxone could become available without a doctor’s prescription in pharmacies and treatment centers statewide if the Legislature passes House Bill 4....

Heroin spreads misery across U.S.

EDITOR’S NOTE — The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman underscored a troubling development: Heroin, long a scourge of the back alleys of American life, has spread across the country, including northwestern Ohio. This story is the first of three parts. By AMY...

Drug contributing to Findlay fatalities

By RYAN DUNN staff writer Heroin has contributed to at least eight overdose deaths in Findlay in recent years, Findlay City Health Department records show. The city recorded seven fatal overdoses in both 2009 and 2010, 11 in 2011, six in 2012 and five in 2013, according to...

Law loosens restrictions on lifesaving drug

By RYAN DUNN staff writer Area health officials are praising a new state law that loosens restrictions on who can carry a lifesaving drug. Medical professionals use the nasal spray naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, to immediately reverse fatal heroin and painkiller overdoses....