Massage gloves, pain blockers: Ohio turns to tech to battle opioid crisis

Story excerpt provided by The Columbus Dispatch.

Written by Randy Ludlow.

Ohio has taken another step toward awarding $20 million in grants in hopes of transforming ideas into technology to combat opioid addiction and overdose deaths.

The Ohio Third Frontier Commission Tuesday chose NineSigma of Cleveland to manage a competition to award about $7 million in grants to develop ideas largely aimed at preventing prescription overdoses, treating addiction and producing alternatives to opioids in the treatment of pain.

Gov. John Kasich called during his State of the State speech for awarding $20 million from a voter-approved bond fund to bring technology to bear against the opioid crisis responsible for the vast majority of Ohio’s more than 4,100 drug-overdose deaths last year. That figure again may lead the nation.

Click here to read the complete article, and see related article in Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Originally published August 8, 2017.

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