Overdoses in Summit County ticked up during the past week after a couple of months respite.

Between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1, 39 residents sought help in emergency rooms after overdosing. Eighteen of those overdoses happened over two days — Wednesday and Thursday.

Despite the increase, the numbers remain lower than much of 2017, a trend that runs counter to what happened in much of the state.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich this week proposed new rules aimed at prescription drug distributors.

Companies that fill prescription drug orders would have to report more information about suspicious orders to state regulators and do it faster.

The state also wants to require drug distributors to do a better job researching their customers and to hold onto suspicious orders until questions are answered about the drugs’ destination.

Red flags could be large orders of controlled substances like pain pills or cash-only orders.

Companies that don’t comply could have their drug distribution licenses revoked in Ohio.

“You have to know your customer,” the Republican Kasich said. “If you know that a particular pharmacy is receiving an inordinate increase in the number of pills that they normally do, we want to know about that.”

The rules are open for public input and wouldn’t take effect for three to four months.

Carmen Catizone, executive director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, said the state’s proposed rules are the strongest in the country.

Other states require reporting of suspicious orders, but are often buried in the responses which come in a variety of forms and are up to state pharmacy boards to interpret, Catizone said.

Ohio is creating a uniform system that gives companies clear guidelines for reporting, he said.

Locally, people are still trying to figure out how to help those already addicted.

In Medina this week, the founder of a recently opened drug addiction recovery center is at odds with local judges over opening a restaurant in the facility that serves alcohol.

Serenite Restaurant — a job training program for people in recovery — is expected to take over the first floor of the center, which was formerly a steak house.

Cleveland chef Brandon Chrostowski will run the culinary program and restaurant.

Knife Skills, a documentary in the running for an Academy Award this year, focuses on Chrostowski’s Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute, which aims to teach people who have been incarcerated new job skills to launch law-abiding lives.

The Recovery Center of Medina County opened last year. Rob Brandt, its interim board chair, said in a statement on his Facebook page, he has “very firm beliefs opposed to the presence of alcohol as part of a recovery center.”

But two Medina County Common Pleas judges support it, Christopher J. Collier and Joyce V. Kimbler, the Medina County Gazette reported this week. Collier told the newspaper he understands concerns about liquor, but said it’s important to give people in recovery the best culinary program possible.

“If not, it’s a waste of their time,” Collier said. “I know the success Edwins has had up there. [Chrostowski] wants to do that here. He’s the real deal. He’s tackled some of the issues of people dealing with recovery.”

The program at Serenite will not only teach those in recovery how to prepare food, but also focuses on life skills, health and wellness, peer support, recovery support and sponsorship.

Students are paid. Over eight months, they learn every position in a restaurant and complete a short apprenticeship at another restaurant.

Applications are already being accepted. Chrostowski said he hopes to get at least a dozen candidates for the eight-month program.

Classes start in three to five weeks, the newspaper reported.

Serenite — which aims to provide a French fine-dining atmosphere — will open soon after.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Amanda Garrett can be reached at 330-996-3725 or agarrett@thebeaconjournal.com.