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Opiate treatment program in Lucas County Jail gets national attention


Monday, October 16, 2017

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Mark O'Neil works with many jail inmates who are addicted to opiates and heroin. But to his surprise, many of them say jail was the best thing that happened to them. “What surprised me was just how much they were grateful that they were in jail, because it saved their lives and gave them pause," said O’Neill. What saved
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How TPD officers protect themselves from heroin


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Heroin is putting officers lives at risk. In Wednesday's Crime Fighters report we look at how science is protecting officers from the deadly drug. "I work the day shift and people overdose all day long," said Officer Mickey Mitchell. K-9 handler Mickey Mitchell and his partner Yuma know the dangers of heroin on the streets. TPD has
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Doctors are tackling the opioid crisis with their own drugs — but is it enough?


Monday, October 2, 2017

Physicians are on the front lines when it comes to confronting the stark realities of the opioid epidemic. Not only are they the ones holding the prescription pads, but they’re also in the emergency rooms when drug overdose patients are brought in—these days at an alarming rate. That’s why a number of physicians are hoping to tackle the
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Pathways forward in opioid fight are paved with data


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

LORAIN COUNTY – We use data for almost everything we do: find the nearest gas station or café, view medical records or track crime statistics. This list is nearly endless. So, why not use data to fight the opioid crisis? A central repository of collected and up-to-date information will be accessible to for-profit organizations, like treatment
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"Dreamland" author Sam Quinones to speak at Toledo library


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sam Quinones, author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic,” will speak Oct. 3 at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library about his reporting on the addiction crisis. “Dreamland” is a collection of stories about those affected by opiate addiction, the pharmaceutical industry’s effort to produce and market an
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We’re Undercounting Opioid Overdoses by Thousands


Friday, September 15, 2017

First came the headlines in August that 64,000 Americans had died of overdoses in 2016—a 21 percent jump from the previous year. Then came the news this month that the number of heroin users more than doubled between 2002 and 2016. The two biggest national data sets on drug deaths and use, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the
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