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The opioid crisis: Focused on solutions

The cost is unimaginable, but the numbers are clear: More than 4,000 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

'We can turn the dial back'

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

Help for the youngest victims

Dr. Barry Halpern '81 MD removes barriers that stand between pregnant women and the treatment they need.

Emily Manning

Stronger together

Why Emily Manning '15, '17 MPH moved back to Hamilton County to join a coalition against heroin

Peggy Anderson

Safe harbor

A needle-exchange program founded by an alumna is preventing disease and steering addicted people toward treatment.

Design Swarms

Designing solutions

Surya Vanka '90 MA applies design thinking to our biggest problems, including opioid addiction.

Recovery App

Support at your fingertips

An app developed at Ohio State helps people in recovery stay on track.

Misty Harmon

Closest to home

Ohio State University Extension is uniquely situated to help at the community level.

Ohio State President Michael V. Drake

'The powerful tug of addiction'

Ohio State President Michael V. Drake is still affected by encounters with a patient addicted to heroin.

Talking about opioid risk

The hardest conversations

How to talk to a teenager, a friend or a doctor about opioid addiction risk

Safe storage and disposal of medications

5 tips for prescription drug safety

Simple things all of us can do to prevent misuse of opioids

Ohio State Provost Bruce McPheron

Innovating solutions to the opioid crisis

Ohio State Provost Bruce McPheron discusses the university's approaches to answers and solutions.