Numerous federal and state officials, including Gov. Mike DeWine, announced Thursday that The Ohio State University and five partner universities will receive about $65 million over four years to study ways to deal with the crisis.
The partner universities are the University of Cincinnati, Ohio University, University of Toledo, Wright State University, and Case Western University, according to a news release issued by Ohio senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown.
Ohio and three other states are getting National Institutes of Health HEALing Communities Study money. The aim is to cut overdose deaths by 40 percent over three years by testing prevention and treatment options.
The 18 participating Ohio counties in addition to Huron County, according to DeWine’s office, are Allen, Ashtabula, Athens, Brown, Cuyahoga, Darke, Franklin, Guernsey, Greene, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lucas, Morrow, Ross, Scioto, Stark, Williams, and Wyandot.
The National Institutes of Health said in addition to OSU, grants were given to the University of Kentucky, Boston Medical Center and Columbia University in New York City.
The studies will be measuring the effects of using strategies such as distributing naloxone to reverse overdoses and linking individuals in the criminal justice system with treatment for opioid addiction, the NIH said.