In Ohio’s fight against the opioid epidemic, coverage for all aspects of addiction treatment is key: Shawn A. Ryan

CINCINNATI — Ohio’s fight against the opioid overdose epidemic has been more of a marathon than a sprint. In our state’s race to save lives, there have been many signs of progress — from the influx of federal dollars going to state and local treatment programs to serious efforts to further incorporate evidence-based substance-use treatment into the state Medicaid program. Preliminary opioid death numbers for 2018 track reductions in Cleveland, Dayton and many other big cities as well as other parts of the state, marking a trend from last year when the number of prescription opioid overdose deaths reached an eight-year low. Unfortunately, in 2017, the overall deaths attributed to opioids hit an all-time high as well.

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