By James Arkin for Real Clear Politics. Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois all face major problems with drug addiction and overdose deaths, and all have Republican senators seeking second terms in contests that will help determine which party holds the majority in the Senate next year.

In this three-part series, RealClearPolitics examines the drug epidemic’s role in these races.

While it’s not known how much the issue will impact election outcomes, it’s clear soaring addiction and overdose rates weigh heavily on the minds of both voters and politicians. And with Republicans holding just a slim four-seat majority in the Senate, both parties have eyed these states as critical to their efforts to capture the majority.

Today, a look at drug trends and policies in Ohio.

Read more… 

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