Heroin Addiction: A Community Concern

Sunday, September 4, 2016

“Acceptance is the priority,” Karen Freiberger, a parent (see her story on page 8) said. “This is not an inner-city problem or an urban problem or a poor or rich problem. There are no barriers here. Heroin is available to anyone and it is used by people across our community spectrum. Denial of the pervasiveness of the problem gives addicts
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Fighting to keep our souls

Friday, September 2, 2016

Here’s how one person described his addiction: “Heroin grabs you by the soul.” And, right now, northwest Ohio is in the grip of opioid and heroin addiction. It is so bad that, according to a report on Greater Toledo’s problem chronicled in a two-part series by Blade staff writer Lauren Lindstrom, emergency services in Lucas County
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Addicts work for sober futures

Monday, August 29, 2016

Katie Heltman overdosed on heroin the day before her 24th birthday and awoke to chaos — paramedics surrounding her and the jarring, cold sensation of Narcan up her nose. The heroin epidemic in northwest Ohio causes multiple overdoses a day. In Lucas County, nearly 3,000 drug overdoses have been reported in the last two years. One refuge for those
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Drug deaths in 15 shatter Ohio record

Friday, August 26, 2016

COLUMBUS — Accidental drug overdoses killed 3,050 people in Ohio last year, an average of eight per day, as deaths blamed on the powerful painkiller fentanyl rose sharply and pushed the total overdose fatalities to a record high, the state reported Thursday. More than one-third of those deaths — 1,155 — were fentanyl-related, which more
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Ohio City's Police to Begin Narcan Training

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Aug. 23--When 1,000 people recently gathered downtown to raise awareness about the heroin epidemic, one of their chief demands was that Akron police -- in addition to paramedics -- begin carrying the heroin reversal drug naloxone. That demand soon will be met. Akron police supervisors went through training Monday morning in how to administer naloxone,
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Michigan is finally addressing its out-of-control opioid problem

Friday, August 19, 2016

In 2014 (the last year the data was available), Michigan lost more people to drug related overdoses than car accidents. And this wasn't the only sobering fact gleaned from this data set. While 1,745 Michiganders died from drug overdoses that year (compared to the 876 that died from car crashes), the year prior, 1,535 people died from overdoses in the
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