Monroe police officer Doug Leist gives a field sobriety test to a man stopped during an OVI checkpoint Early Saturday morning, June 11, 2011 along OH-4 in Monroe, Ohio. Monroe police, along with Middletown police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, participated in the checkpoint. Staff photo by Nick Graham
Photo: Nick Graham/MIDDLETOWN JOURNAL
Photo: Nick Graham/MIDDLETOWN JOURNAL

Ohio may require kids to learn about drugs in driver’s ed classes

The Ohio Senate Finance committee approved its version of a $130 billion, two-year budget Tuesday night and the full Senate is expected to vote today. 

Tucked inside the big-ticket items that keep the state running are a number of amendments, including one that would require driver’s education programs to include training on the danger of using illegal drugs, prescription medication or alcohol while driving.

» RELATED: Ohio Senate leaders say state facing $1B budget gap 

Fatal drugged driving vehicle crashes have surpassed those caused by alcohol impairment.

» RELATED: Suspect in fatal Miami Co. police chase said he used drugs during pursuit

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Ohio House Republicans proposed spending an additional $170.6 million to fight the opioid epidemic and the Senate boosted it another $6 million. The state already spends almost $1 billion a year to fight drug abuse and addiction — much of it through expanded Medicaid, but the toll continues to climb.

» RELATED: Ohio Budget: House targets opiate addiction crisis  

» RELATED: Opioid crisis persists despite funding burst

» RELATED: Ohio Senate wants to freeze new enrollment in expanded Medicaid program 

» RELATED: Teens getting licenses later, skipping drivers’ education 

» RELATED: Texting while driving may lead to higher fines, penalties in Ohio 

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