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Ohio Patrol Reports Increased Drug-Related Arrests

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports increase in drug related arrests and seizures during first 6 months of 2013.
July 29, 2013

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has reported more drug-related arrests and seizures in Ohio in the first half of this year compared with the first six months of 2012.

Bill Would Increase Access To Overdose Antidote

Rep. State Representative Terry Johnson, who is also a doctor, wants to incease access to a drug that reverses the effects of opiate overdoses.
13, 2013

Ohio has an opiate problem. Statistics from the Ohio Department of Health show the number of people dying from drug overdoses increased 440 percent from 1999 to 2011. Now there’s bipartisan support for a bill in the state legislature that would try to reduce drug deaths.

Pharmacy Board To Monitor Bath Salts, Other Synthetic Drugs

The drugs are often called names like "FrogE" and "purple Haze" and are reported to have effects similar to LSD.
June 4, 2013

State officials say the pharmacy board can move to ban chemicals and drug cocktails much more quickly than the state legislature.

Budget, Tax Plan Remain The Focus For State Lawmakers

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11, 2013

Ohio Governor John Kasich’s proposals for a new state budget and the biggest tax changes in four decades are in the spotlight again this week as state legislators continue committee hearings.

First Bath Salts Indictments In Franklin County

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7, 2012

Prosecutors say the owners of The Joint, The Chamber, and The Garden in Columbus’ Short North neighborhood were selling bath salts and synthetic marijuana out of the stores.

One Killed, Three Injured In South Linden Shooting

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30, 2012

Police say the incident may have been a drug-related robbery.

Patrol Reports Sharp Increases In Drug Seizures

Franklin County led the state with 310 drug arrests in the first half of 2012.
July 25, 2012

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says heroin seizures in the first half of 2012 increased 327 compared to the same period last year.

Franklin County Sting Nets 38 Prostitution Arrests

The sting was led by the office's Special Investigations Unit.
January 11, 2012

The investigation targeted prostitutes and clients using hotels along the I-270 and Rt. 23 corridor.

Columbus Leaders Address Problematic Loitering Law

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The City of Columbus' loitering law is problematic in that it would likely be found unconstitutional in a court of law, so it is not enforced. The city will address the issue tonight at a public hearing.
14, 2011

Some Columbus business owners and residents are calling on the city to do more to prevent loitering. They say people hanging out on street corners are up to no good, and hurt neighborhood image. Columbus has an anti-loitering law, but it’s not enforced.

Forty Indicted In “Largest” Central Ohio Crystal Meth Seizure

22, 2011

A Franklin County Grand Jury has indicted 40 people in what has been called the largest crystal meth seizure in Central Ohio.