The prescription drug abuse epidemic sweeping Ohio led state officials Monday to announce new guidelines for doctors to help curb abuse in a state that has the 12th-highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States, according to a new report.
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Prescription for Pain
Escalating prescription drug abuse is fueling a rise in heroin addiction. WHIO-TV, News Talk Radio WHIO and the Dayton Daily News will provide team coverage of this important issue.
WHIO-TV: 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21
News Talk Radio WHIO 95.7FM and AM1290: Live discussion at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21
Dayton Daily News: Two-day series Oct. 22-23
The Dayton Daily News is looking for people willing to share their stories about how prescription opiates have impacted their lives.
We would like to talk to those who are addicts, recovering addicts, family members affected, first responders or other medical personnel.
If you have comments about the prescription pill epidemic and its connection to heroin addiction, email staff writer Randy Tucker at Randy.Tucker@coxinc.com or call 937-225-2437.
Top 15 drug overdose mortality rankings by state:
1. West Virginia
2. New Mexico
8. (tie) Tennessee and Utah
Source: Trust for America’s Health