HEALTH

Opioid epidemic: High-tech solutions compete for Ohio grants

A call by Ohio Gov. John Kasich for scientific breakthroughs to help solve the opioid crisis is drawing interest from dozens of groups with ideas including remote controlled medication dispensers, monitor devices for addicts and pain-relieving massage gloves.

The state has received project ideas from 44 hospitals, universities, and various medical device, software and pharmaceutical developers that plan to apply for up to $12 million in competitive research-and-development grants.

Ohio leads the nation in opioid-related overdose deaths, counting 1,155 deaths in 2015, the latest year figures were available. The Ohio Third Frontier Commission is handling the grant program and expects full proposals by an Aug. 31 deadline.

The Republican governor put out the call during his State of the State address in April.