First responders having trouble fighting heroin epidemic; new legislation hopes to nip addiction

Thursday, April 20, 2017

When Matt Birr began his tenure at the Lansing Township Police Department over 10 years ago, he and his department seldom responded to calls of opiate- and opioid-related overdose calls. From the abuse of prescription medications like Vicodin or Oxycontin to hard street drugs like heroin, Birr — and officials all around the state — have seen
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Heroin Can Be Shipped To The U.S. Via The Postal Service. It's Time We Do Something About It.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Every day, poison is being shipped from China and other nations into our communities through our mail system. Synthetic forms of heroin like fentanyl, carfentanil, and U-4 are pouring into this country. These drugs are even more deadly than heroin - 50 times more toxic in some cases. Fentanyl is so powerful that all it takes is two milligrams - the
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Ohio to review heroin dealers' sentences after I-Team investigation, Gov. John Kasich says

Monday, April 10, 2017

CINCINNATI -- Ohio's director of public safety will personally review the findings of an I-Team investigation that found many heroin dealers convicted in Hamilton County never went to prison for their crime. Ohio Gov. John Kasich promised the review Monday, saying he was surprised to learn of the findings. Those put on probation in Hamilton County, rather
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Theodore Decker: Ohio needs more than talk to respond to opioid crisis

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Faced with an epidemic of sweeping lethality, Ohio seems committed to a cure by a thousand Band-Aids. In his State of the State address Tuesday night, Gov. John Kasich declared drug addiction “a common enemy” and said he will request up to $20 million to help further research and treatment breakthroughs relating to substance abuse. This latest
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Governor aims to reduce Ohio’s overdose deaths

Friday, March 31, 2017

COLUMBUS — State agency leaders vowed Thursday to implement new restrictions on how many opiate painkillers may be prescribed at one time in Ohio’s latest effort to prevent the next generation of addicts. Calling the proposed rules a “done deal,” Gov. John Kasich said these actions, coupled with a crackdown on the law enforcement
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Ohio’s elderly often victimized by addicted relatives, friends

Friday, March 24, 2017

When the public and powers that be talk about the heroin crisis, they seldom mention a population that is fast becoming deeply affected: the country's elderly. Often invisible and forgotten, they're increasingly being drained of their life savings, neglected or abused by addicted family members and friends on whom they depend for care, officials say.
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