A report released Thursday shows the state hit another record with 3,050 drug overdose deaths in 2015. Gov. John Kasich said in an interview that the state continues "playing a rear guard action ... But I believe weâre making progress. I feel weâre doing everything we possibly can. We're not looking the other way. We're not putting our heads in the sand."
A Dublin-based allergy doctor pleaded guilty Thursday to using the serum for allergy injections without holding the required license. Dr. Summit Shah, 36, was ordered to pay $210,031 in restitution to insurance providers to cover the cost of the drugs under a plea agreement. He pleaded guilty to four felony counts of selling, purchasing or delivering dangerous drugs. As part of the agreement, prosecutors dismissed Medicaid-fraud charges against Shah, who operates Premier Allergy on Perimeter Drive.
The Unemployment Compensation Reform Joint Committee held the first of five hearings Thursday, attempting to tackle a problem that has eluded state leaders for at least two decades. The solution lies in a long-debated balance between benefits provided to jobless workers and taxes paid by employers that fund the system. Republican legislative leaders say they hope to pass a bill when the legislature returns after the Nov. 8 election.