Ohio court: Juvenile crimes can't enhance adult sentences

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Supreme Court has ruled that prior juvenile convictions cannot be used to increase the severity of charges or the length of prison sentences those individuals receive as adults.

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Ohio aims to curb overdose deaths through varied strategies

Officials from Ohio's health, addiction and public safety agencies and its pharmacy board hope to curb the epidemic of drug overdoses and deaths over the next year using a variety of strategies, including:

— TRAFFICKING: Work with lawmakers to stiffen penalties for people illegally selling the painkiller fentanyl, support local drug task forces and step up drug-seizure efforts.

— EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Provide resources to make more naloxone doses available and expand public awareness campaign about that opioid overdose reversal drug.

— TREATMENT: Expand addiction treatment program offered through drug courts to seven more counties with high numbers of fatal overdoses, and develop a toolkit that hospital emergency departments can use to help direct overdose patients to treatment and community resources.

— TRACKING: Integrate the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System into more electronic medical records and pharmacy dispensing systems, and make educational information about opioid prescribing part of the licensure process for physicians.

— PREVENTION: Promote drug take-back opportunities for safe disposal of unneeded medications and get more parents, teachers and community leaders signed up for email that offers tips for talking with youth about substance abuse.

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Sources: Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

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Accidental overdoses killed 8 people a day in Ohio last year

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Accidental drug overdoses killed 3,050 people in Ohio last year, an average of eight per day, as deaths blamed on the powerful painkiller fentanyl again rose sharply and pushed the total overdose fatalities to a record high, the state reported Thursday.

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At least 12 tornadoes strike Indiana, Ohio; no bad injuries

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A wave of severe storms produced at least a dozen tornadoes in Indiana and Ohio, damaging homes and businesses but causing no serious injuries, authorities said Thursday, as crews worked to restore power and remove fallen trees.

  • Written by KEN KUSMER, Associated Press