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Hundreds of Ohio Medicaid enrollees at risk of opioid overdose: HHS IG


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Rogue prescribers and Medicaid “doctor shoppers” are using taxpayer-funded insurance to fuel the deadly opioid epidemic, according to a new audit Tuesday that found 1 in 6 people on Ohio’s government-run health program for the poor were prescribed opioids and hundreds of them were at “serious risk” of overdosing. One Medicaid
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Kids Overdosing on Med For Opioid Addiction


Monday, June 25, 2018

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Young American children are being sickened -- and even dying -- after being poisoned by a drug used to fight opioid addiction, a new report contends. Investigators reported that between 2007 and 2016, more than 11,000 emergency calls were made to U.S. poison control centers after a child or teen was exposed to
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Addressing a national health emergency


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Very few places in America have been harder hit by the opioid crisis than the state of Ohio. According to CDC data, the Buckeye State ranked second, only behind neighboring West Virginia, in overdose death rates per 100,000 residents in 2016. Over the last few years these mortality rates have continued to climb, despite new restrictions on prescription
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Michiganís New Opioid Rules, Explained


Friday, June 8, 2018

Several pieces of legislation regarding opioid prescriptions have just gone into effect, or will do so over the next several months, affecting health care providers across the state of Michigan. Other states may follow suit or may already have passed similar provisions. Each new requirement aims to chip away at the epidemic of misuse, addiction, overdoses
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Northeast Ohio paramedics are still experiencing drug shortages after Hurricane Irma


Thursday, May 17, 2018

PARMA, Ohio - Fire stations across northeast Ohio are experiencing a shortage of medications they use while responding to emergencies, causing them to use different drugs. The shortage is one of the lasting impacts of last summer's Hurricane Irma. Lately, when firefighters race to a call their drug supply isn't what it used to be. "A lot of medications
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Needle exchange program offers fentanyl test strips


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Fentanyl has become the scourge of anyone trying to fight Ohio’s opioid epidemic: deadly in small quantities and appearing in an increasing number of fatal overdoses. Users never can be sure what has been mixed with what they believe is heroin or cocaine after the drug is cut and sold several times. Now, Lucas County’s needle exchange program
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