How much has the opioid crisis cost Ohio? Reported by Amanda Garrett. Even before the opioid crisis peaked here in 2016, Ohio was already spending about the same on opioid dependency statewide as it did kindergarten through high school education, according to a recently released study. The enormous price tag in 2015 of opioid dependency in the state was somewhere between six-point-six billion dollars and eight-point-eight billion. During the same time, the state spent about eight-point-two billion dollars on public education, according to the study released by Ohio State University’s C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy. For more on this and other stories, visit Ohio dot com or pick up the latest copy of the Akron Beacon Journal today.