COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio is one of the states hardest hit by the opioid crisis and has launched a study aimed at identifying the genetic markers that separate likely addicts from people somehow immune from the substance’s deadly power.

Republican Attorney General Dave Yost oversees scientists at the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He’s spearheading the effort announced Thursday that will include a study of patient swabs collected at emergency rooms at the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University hospitals.

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Yost tapped Dr. Jon Sprague, the BCI eminent scholar, to lead a task force of nine scientists that will seek to identify the circumstantial, environmental, social, behavioral and psychological factors that incline some people to substance use disorder.

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Yost said the effort will take about 18 months and cost $1.6 million.

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