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Exclusive: Obama administration to launch new effort on heroin crisis


Friday, September 16, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is preparing to launch a renewed strategy to address the unrelenting scourge of heroin and opioid addiction, in part by placing greater emphasis on identifying links between over-prescribing doctors and distribution networks across the country. The plan, outlined by Attorney General Loretta Lynch in an interview
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Checking out: Public libraries become a haven for heroin addicts


Monday, September 12, 2016

They're supposed to be a safe space for the community to learn and read books, but lately public libraries have become a haven for heroin addicts. According to the Lucas County Drug Abuse Response Team, libraries are increasing security and training for library staff on how to use narcan - the overdose reversing drug. One library-goer at the downtown
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Maker of Deadly Fentanyl Kicks in Half a Million to Defeat Pot Legalization in Arizona


Friday, September 9, 2016

Marijuana legalization advocates have long argued that pharmaceutical companies, which could lose out if marijuana is legally available, are some of the staunchest supporters of pot prohibition, and now an Arizona company is making their case for them. According to campaign finance reports posted online by the Arizona secretary of state's office, fentanyl
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Ohio's heroin epidemic worsens, but Zumba is not on the treatment horizon: Phillip Morris


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

With each passing month, it seems that the nation's opioid epidemic can't possibly get any worse. Then it does -– especially here in Ohio. In the past two weeks, more than 200 overdoses in the Cincinnati area alone have claimed the lives of three people. Many more users likely would have died, were it not for an unprecedented, modern medical
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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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