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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say Ohio prisons cut more than $26 million from inmate medical expenses last year.

That's according to a new report from the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee released Wednesday. It shows a 15.2% reduction in prison medical expenses last year.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that a $2 inmate co-pay, mail-order drugs, requiring prisoners to buy their own aspirin, and other measures allowed the savings.

The state paid $188.3 million for prison medical expenses last year, compared with 211.5 million in 2011, and $222.8 million in 2010.

The report also showed that the number of inmate patient visits to nurses and doctors dropped by 25% last year from 2009.

Correctional Institution Inspection Committee is a legislative agency that monitors and reports on state prisons.

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