The cost is unimaginable, but the numbers are clear: Nearly 3,500 Ohioans lost their lives to opioid overdoses in 2016, the human toll of a crisis that costs the state up to $8.1 billion annually. Facing such destruction at home, Ohio State is supporting research, funding new ideas and deploying formidable resources for prevention and intervention. And across the country, alumni are saving lives threatened by addiction and preventing drugs from devastating families in the first place.
Ken Hale '76, '87 MA, '95 PhD is in many ways the face of Ohio State's response to the opioid epidemic.
Dr. Barry Halpern '81 MD removes barriers that stand between pregnant women and the treatment they need.
A needle-exchange program founded by an alumna is preventing disease and steering addicted people toward treatment.
Surya Vanka '90 MA applies design thinking to our biggest problems, including opioid addiction.
Ohio State University Extension is uniquely situated to help at the community level.
Ohio State President Michael V. Drake is still affected by encounters with a patient addicted to heroin.
Ohio State Provost Bruce McPheron discusses the university's approaches to answers and solutions.