Ohio's overdose response team seeing successes

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Colerain Township Public Safety Director Daniel Meloy, who spent 25 years in law enforcement, saw a transition around 2009 in his town from cocaine and LSD to prescription pills and heroin. The Ohio township, with a population of 60,000, had 41 opioid-specific overdoses in 2011. The following year, the township saw 115 overdoses — a 125 percent
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Fatal overdoses double in Cuyahoga County compared with 2016

Saturday, March 4, 2017

CLEVELAND (AP) - A medical examiner says Cuyahoga County saw the number of fatal overdoses from heroin and fentanyl double during the first two months of this year compared with same period in 2016. Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson said Friday there have been at least 109 fatal overdoses attributed to heroin and fentanyl during January and February compared
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Meth abuse surging

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

An increase in availability of methamphetamine has been linked to the nation’s heroin epidemic and local officials say the rise in accessibility to the stimulant is evident in more investigations and drug seizures. Methamphetamine and heroin provide two different kinds of inebriation. The former provides a flash “high” through
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Kasich’s Opioid Regulations Backfire

Friday, February 17, 2017

Every five hours, someone overdoses on heroin in Ohio. One in every nine deaths from heroin overdoses in the U.S. occurs in Ohio, leading the nation. In Lorain County, approximately 140 people died from heroin overdoses in 2016, according to The Chronicle-Telegram. On the other hand, according to The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio has lower rates of oxycodone and
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Are local resources enough to combat Ohio's opioid epidemic?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

To Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper, one other underlying issue is the lack of funding from the state government. He issued a statement the morning of DeWine's statewide meeting, saying more talk and PR will not solve Ohio's heroin epidemic. "Their rhetoric in every forum is, 'Oh, it's up to local grass-roots efforts,'" Pepper said. "If that's
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Giving Narcan to addicts can be counterproductive

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Giving Narcan to addicts can be counterproductive The heroin and fentanyl epidemic continues to grow in Northeast Ohio. The number of opiate drug deaths exceeds traffic- related fatalities. Much is said about drug treatment, but little is said about keeping heroin out of our communities. As a registered nurse, I appreciate the well-intended efforts to
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