Sep. 12, 2018 12:15 AM EDT

Ohio set to award latest prizes in opioid science challenge

AP-OH–Opioid Science-Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is set to announce prize winners in the second stage of its global technology challenge aimed at finding solutions to the U.S. opioid crisis.

The contest’s challenge phase culminates Wednesday. It invited business and innovation experts from around the world to propose technologies for diagnosing, treating or fighting opioid addiction or for protecting medical professionals and first responders from exposure to dangerous opioid residue.

Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) called in last year’s State of the State address for an effort promoting the use of science against the deadly prescription painkiller epidemic.

That turned into a two-pronged effort including the $8 million Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge and $10 million in research-and-development grants.

The goal of the latest phase was to generate technical solutions in areas of unfilled need.