Ohio State creates center to study impact of war on drugs

FILE - This Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows pills of the painkiller hydrocodone at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Accidental overdoses aren't the only deadly risk from using powerful prescription painkillers _ the drugs may also contribute to heart-related deaths and other fatalities, according to research published Tuesday, June 14, 2016. "As bad as people think the problem of opioid use is, it's probably worse," said Wayne Ray, the lead author and a health policy professor at Vanderbilt University's medical school. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University has announced the creation of a center to study the societal impacts of the country’s drug war.
The Drug Enforcement and Policy Center is being established with a $4.5 million gift from the Charles Koch Foundation.
The center is based in the Ohio State law school and will tap experts from across the university, including the College of Social Work and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.
The university says the center will examine changes to law that prohibit or regulate the use and distribution of illegal drugs.
Ohio State law professor Douglas Berman will be the executive director.