More than 4,100 people fatally overdosed in Ohio in 2016, even though state officials spent nearly $1 billion to combat the crisis. That prompted Gov. John Kasich this spring to announce that $20 million would be devoted to funding new research related to opioid abuse.

“We know more needs to be done.” David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, told STAT. “So we’re looking for new technologies to see if we can find other ways to fight this problem.”

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