Ohio's opioid technology challenge hopes to help tackle epidemic

Posted at 6:00 AM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-18 06:00:05-04

Ohio is a major battleground for the opioid crisis, with the state spending nearly a billion dollars a year tackling the epidemic.

In an effort to try and curb the health crisis, the Ohio Department of Development services will be holding an ‘opioid technology challenge.'

The initiative hopes to garner solutions to address issues surrounding the epidemic, addressing everything from avoidance to treatment. The competition will run in phases, with each phase having an escalating prize amount.

The goal of the challenge is to bring the public forwards, showcasing their ideas of how to approach this epidemic. One that so many people have seen loved ones affected by.

Director David Goodman says that every idea is welcome, and you never know where the next inventive approach will come from. Ohio Governor John R. Kasich asked Ohio Third Frontier to commit $20 million to accelerate technological and scientific breakthroughs to end the opiate crisis. The first phase of the competition will take place Oct. 18 in Dublin, Ohio.