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Proposed Bills Aim to Change Heroin Laws and Decrease Overdoses in Ohio

Lawmakers in Ohio are proposing legislation this session aimed at curbing the use of heroin and the abuse of some medically prescribed drugs with the goal of reducing the number of drug overdoses in the state. One bill directly related to overdoses is the Good Samaritan Bill. The bill, according to Cincinnati.com, would prevent law…
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Proposed Marijuana Legalization Could Create Millions in Tax Revenue, Says Supporters

A constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana could lead to more than $550 million in annual tax revenue, according to some of the amendment’s supporters. ResponsibleOhio, a committee trying to legalize marijuana for personal and medicinal use in Ohio, released initial tax revenue projections for its legalization proposal, saying the plan could generate $554 million…
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Heroin and Other Drugs on the Rise in Central Ohio, Report Says

Ohio is one of several states that has a problem with substance abuse, and according to a recently released report, some commonly used illegal drugs are becoming more readily available in Central Ohio. A February report from the Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network released earlier this month says crack cocaine, black-tar heroin and opioid painkillers…
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Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Ohio Gains Support

Ohio is one of several states that has not moved to support medical marijuana, but organizations and politicians, including gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald, still are hoping to see the measure on a future ballot. FitzGerald said Wednesday he supports legalizing medical marijuana in Ohio, according to Cincinnati.com. He said the drug, which still is illegal…
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President’s Remarks Fuel Marijuana Debates

The recent statements made by President Obama have brought new fervor to the debate surrounding the legalization of marijuana. With the drug being considered for medical uses and legalized in various forms across each state, controversy surrounding the topic has already been running high. A comment made by the President questions whether marijuana is as…
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U.S. Attorney General to Introduce Drug Sentencing Reform Bill

Currently, almost half of the people serving time in federal prison are doing so because of drug charges. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently hinted that he is unhappy with that, and would like to change it. “I think there are too many people in jail for too long, and for not necessarily good reasons”…
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Ohio Law Enforcement Intensifies Focus on Drug Trafficking

In 2013, Ohio troopers have increased their focus on intercepting drug shipments, and their increased focus has led to a substantial increase in the amount of drug related arrests. Drug arrests have increased 19 percent across Ohio in the first six months of this year as compared to 2012. Franklin County currently leads the state…
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Ohio Cracks Down on Prescription Drugs

Recently, national news sources have done stories on “pharm parties.” Pharm parties are small gatherings of teenagers who collect an assortment of prescription pills, usually either stealing them from their parents or purchasing them on the black market. They then might dump all the pills in a bowl and will roll dice. Whatever number they…
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