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

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.

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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  

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

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