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Ohio launches anti-opioid ad campaign

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has launched its latest ad campaign targeting the state’s deadly opioid epidemic.

The $1 million “Take Charge Ohio” public awareness campaign targets prescribers, their patients and the public.

The campaign announced Thursday includes TV, radio, newspaper and online ads. There also will be billboards, social media postings and targeted emails. The funding comes from a federal grant.

One ad aimed at doctors says: “Before prescribing medication, discuss other ways to manage pain with your patient.”

The campaign is one of several in Ohio, which last year saw 4,050 overdose deaths. Many were linked to heron and synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Ohio launched a $200,000 campaign last year urging drug users’ relatives and friends and the public to know the signs of an overdose and obtain an antidote.

Ohio State to study war on drugs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University has announced the creation of a center to study the societal impacts of the country’s drug war.

The Drug Enforcement and Policy Center is being established with a $4.5 million gift from the Charles Koch Foundation.

The center is based in the Ohio State law school and will tap experts from across the university, including the College of Social Work and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

The university says the center will examine changes to law that prohibit or regulate the use and distribution of illegal drugs.

Ohio State law professor Douglas Berman will be the executive director.

Man convicted of killing teen girl

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland man has been found guilty of aggravated murder for killing his former 17-year-old girlfriend who he recruited to rob a bank

Prosecutors say a co-defendant and fellow gang member told Kiechaun Newell to kill the girl to silence her.

Cleveland.com reports a jury on Wednesday convicted Newell in the August 2016 shooting of Breanna Fluitt.

A prosecutor told jurors that Newell was afraid his former girlfriend would turn him and his accomplice in after surveillance photos of the bank robbery were made public.

Prosecutors say Newell’s mother, sister and three 15-year-old boys were with Newell when Fluitt was killed. They testified against him at trial. His mother contacted police after learning that Newell had bragged about the slaying.

Messages seeking comment were left with Newell’s attorney.

Police: Man flees court, crashes car

WADSWORTH, Ohio (AP) — Police say a man being sentenced in a road rage case walked out of an Ohio courtroom, jumped in a car and led police on a chase before crashing into an SUV.

Authorities say a couple and their baby were hurt in the crash near Akron, along with the 19-year-old suspect. The injuries weren’t serious.

Police say Cyrus Matthews, of Cleveland, had just been sentenced to 60 days in jail when he looked around the courtroom and quickly walked out Wednesday.

Matthews wasn’t handcuffed and there were no police in courtroom. A bailiff gave chase and the judge yelled for Matthews to come back.

Police say he then jumped into a car outside the court and took off.

Court records don’t say whether Matthews has an attorney.

Woman sentenced for role in boy’s death

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman has received eight years in prison for failing to prevent her boyfriend from fatally beating her 3-year-old son.

The Repository reports 34-year-old Ruth Buggey, of Canton, was sentenced Wednesday in northeast Ohio’s Stark County after previously pleading guilty to complicity to child endangering and obstruction of justice in Owen Buggey’s death.

Twenty-seven-year-old Brent Fields was sentenced to 30 years to life Monday after a jury found him guilty of murder.

A coroner ruled that Owen died in October 2016 from septic shock caused by blunt-force trauma to the abdomen.

A judge said Buggey failed to protect Owen because she feared losing her other children if authorities learned of the abuse.

Buggey’s attorney in arguing for a shorter sentence says guilt has made her life a “living hell.”

Cleveland’s art museum out to add visitors

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Museum of Art has some lofty goals.

The museum is releasing a plan for the next decade that includes increasing attendance, expanding its endowment and acquiring $1 billion worth of art through purchases and gifts.

The museum also wants to begin working on creating a new art history institute.

The museum director tells The Plain Dealer that the long-range plans introduced Wednesday are ambitious and the museum’s focus on serving the public will increase.

A new fundraising campaign will help fund some of the plans. The museum also wants to increase revenue from membership and annual giving.

The Cleveland Museum of Art recently completed a $320 million expansion and renovation project.

One goal is to increase attendance to 1 million a year from the current average of just over 600,000.

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