Governor DeWine Announces Record-Level OARRS Use by Prescribers, Pharmacists

COLUMBUS, Aug. 2 – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Steven Schierholt were joined today by U.S. Drug Czar Jim Carroll, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, to announce that use of the Ohio system used to track prescriptions of controlled medications has now reached record levels.

Brown Leads Senators Urging VA Secretary To End Anti-Worker, Anti-Union Negotiation Tactics

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 1 – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today led a group of his Democratic colleagues urging Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie to abandon the Department’s current destructive approach to ongoing negotiations with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). Despite VA and AFGE’s history of engaging in good-faith negotiations that equally benefit employees, veterans and the Department, the current negotiating tactics undercut VA’s mission and threaten the quality of the services it is entrusted to provide to our constituents, our nation’s veterans.

Saturday stats: Perfect 10

July 31 - The latest news from Policy Matters
* 10: You want to know the truth about the economy? Amy Hanauer has 10 of them. They boil down to this: Helping people helps the economy.

Senate Passes Brown, Portman Resolution Marking 50 Years Of Environmental Progress Since Cuyahoga River Fire, Senators Call For Continued Action

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 30 – Last night, the Senate passed U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman’s (R-OH) bipartisan resolution marking 50 years of environmental progress since the last time the Cuyahoga River caught on fire on June 22, 1969. The Senate resolution describes how the fire spurred important federal environmental action, including passage of the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act.

Is Ohio Farm Bureau for you?

July 30 - No matter if you live on a farm or enjoy going to farmers markets, Ohio Farm Bureau is for everyone.
For less than 25 cents a day, you can join over 100,000 other members who want to improve their community and support the No.1 industry in Ohio, agriculture.

Brown Takes To Senate Floor To Demand End To Tax Breaks For Opioid Ads, As Reports Reveal Drug Companies Inundated Communities With Highly Addictive Drugs

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 30 – In case you missed it, last week, as a part of a lawsuit unfolding in Cleveland, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) database was made public and revealed that drug companies inundated the U.S. with 76 billion highly addictive painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone from 2006 through 2012, even as the addiction crisis spun out of control.

New Projects Expected to Create More Than $705 Million in Investments

COLUMBUS, July 29 — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced the approval of assistance for 12 projects set to create 3,962 new jobs and retain 717 jobs statewide. During its monthly meeting, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority (TCA) reviewed economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners.