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Ohio could be on pace to have a record year for overdose deaths in 2020. After showing the overdose deaths starting to decline since setting a record of over 4,800 deaths in 2017, this year could top that. According to the Ohio Department of Health, the state saw monthly highs for overdose deaths in each of the months of May, June, and July. Ohio Senator Rob Portman has introduced a second part to his Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act or CARA which was signed into law in 2016. The pandemic has contributed to the rise in overdoses and deaths, but Portman says that the new drug legislation would be able help with the growing problem even during the COVID-19 outbreak.