Ohio launches pioneering study on opioid addiction

Ohioans have been some of the hardest hit by the opioid crisis, and a new genetic study will aim to find a link that will hopefully help reduce the number of people who become addicted each year.


Republican Attorney General Dave Yost, who oversees scientists at the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), is spearheading the effort, which will include a study of patient swabs collected at both UC and OSU hospitals. Nine scientists will study the results.


“We want to know why it is that two people can take the same drug in the same dosage and only one becomes addicted,” says Dr. Jon Sprague, an eminent scholar at BCI. “We want to know how to blunt opioids’ harmful effects.”

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