Building Drug-Free Future

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is launching a new drug prevention effort aimed at businesses concerned about substance abuse among employees.

The "Start Talking Business Impact Zone" is a follow-up to a year-old program that encourages adults to talk to children about drug use as part of Ohio's efforts to combat a prescription painkiller addictions epidemic.

The update announced this month will help businesses promote drug-free workplaces and wellness programs for workers.

The Start Talking program, administered by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services program, strives to unite students, parents and schools in promoting good decision-making and healthy behaviors when it comes to pain medication.

Accidental drug overdoses tied to prescription painkillers and more recently heroin have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio.

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