A healing touch

Sunday, September 9, 2018

For Tyler Vargo of Rossford, the downward spiral started with bunion surgery when he was 15. Vicodin was prescribed for his pain. He abused it. First it was 5 milligrams, then 20, then 30 milligrams. Eventually it was 10 30s a day. “Cigarettes tasted better, my mood was better, everything was better,” Mr. Vargo says. The stories are often
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Prosecutors turn up heat in overdose cases

Monday, September 3, 2018

Ronald Dye pressured his brother-in-law into trying heroin to ease his pain — injecting his arm with the deadly drug. Coreon Snow-Veley sold heroin to a young man — heroin that happened to be laced with fentanyl. Both men were convicted in Lucas County Common Pleas Court of involuntary manslaughter for causing another to overdose and die
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Bleak New Estimates in Drug Epidemic: A Record 72,000 Overdose Deaths in 2017

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Fentanyl is a big culprit, but there are also encouraging signs from states that have prioritized public health campaigns and addiction treatment. Drug overdoses killed about 72,000 Americans last year, a record number that reflects a rise of around 10 percent, according to new preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control. The death toll is
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Policies inhibit treatment

Friday, August 10, 2018

The opioid crisis shows no signs of subsiding. When addicts show up at emergency rooms, there’s a good chance they won’t find help, says Julie Havlak, writing for Carolina Journal News Service. “I see individuals walk into the emergency department, saying, ‘I’m fed up, I’m done, I want to stop doing heroin. Can you help
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Cheaper, purer meth piggybacks opioid crisis in Ohio

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

PIKETON, Ohio - Richard Kreager is quick to share his most embarrassing photos: The one where he is handcuffed on the side of the road, surrounded by police officers, or the shot of him lying in a hospital bed, hooked to a ventilator, his kidneys shutting down. Each, he says, serves as a cautionary tale of his addiction to methamphetamine. "They say one
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Ohio voters to decide on possibility of reducing penalties for non-violent drug offenders

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) Issue 1 will be one on the November ballot. That means Ohioans will vote on whether to reduce penalties for non-violent drug offenders. Addiction is hard to overcome, but some parents say full recovery can be just as difficult. “It’s hard for him to move forward and start a new life,” said a Dayton area
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