drugs rss icon

Marion Struggles With Increasing Heroin Problem

Addiction specialists say Marion's heroin problem began about four years ago when gang members from Chicago and Detroit started bringing the drug to the city.
30, 2013

Like many Midwestern cities, Marion has struggled in recent decades. The proud blue-collar town was once a regional industry leader, but times have changed and factories have closed. As industry moved out, drugs…specifically heroin…moved in.

Bill Proposes Drug Testing Of Ohio Lawmakers

A bill introduced this week would require state lawmakers get drug tests.
24, 2013

A bill introduced in the state Senate this week would require drug-testing of Ohio’s lawmakers.

The bill would have the same goals as another bill that would require testing of welfare recipients.

Columbus Detective Indicted On Drug And Gun Charges

File photo
11, 2013

A Columbus police detective has been indicted on charges that he provided armed security for a man picking up drugs and drug money.

Delaware Drug Task Force Arrests 29; Four Still At Large

Clockwise from top-left: Adam Polt, Gergory Jacobs, Veronika Stephens, and Joseph Johnson.
7, 2013

Authorities in Delaware County say more than two dozen people were arrested in a weekend drug sweep.

House Signs Off On Needle Exchange Bill

File photo
3, 2013

Lawmakers in the Ohio House have passed a bill that will take down some of the barriers local communities face in developing needle exchange programs for intravenous drug users. But the bipartisan bill had plenty of opposition.

Ohio Patrol Reports Increased Drug-Related Arrests

Ohio State Highway Patrol logo
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

File photo
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

File photo
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.