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Marijuana Replacing Opioid Use? Ohio Is Thinking About It


Monday, December 31, 2018

I recently gave a talk at the Jewish Federation in Cincinnati, Ohio focused on reducing stigma in addiction. After the talk, I was lucky enough to stay behind and speak to dozens of the attendees about their questions, struggles, and experiences. One mother, whose story touched me in a particularly strong way, had lost two children to heroin overdoses and
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Former Elizabeth Borough chief charged with stealing drug evidence


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Former Elizabeth Borough police Chief Timothy Butler, who resigned Tuesday night, is accused of stealing drugs from the department’s evidence room. Thousands of empty bags of heroin were found throughout Butler’s office, authorities said. He’d been with the department for nearly two decades, and he was appointed chief in 2014. Butler, 42,
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Students share stories, pain about drug addiction


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Members of the Monroe County Substance Abuse Coalition that hosted the summit and volunteers from other support agencies wore black and green T-shirts with the “I Matter” theme on them. They reminded students to use the hashtag when using social media. Shayna Alaniz joined the Student Prevention Leadership Team (SPLT) at Summerfield High School
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CDC Data Show Ohio Valley Still Has Nationís Highest Overdose Death Rates


Thursday, November 29, 2018

New federal data show the Ohio Valley again led the nation in rates of fatal drug overdoses last year. The data confirm what local officials have reported: Synthetic opioids are fueling the increase. West Virginia had the nation’s highest rate of fatal drug overdoses in 2017 with 57.8 deaths per 100,000 people. Ohio had the second-highest rate
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This Cityís ( Dayton ) Overdose Deaths Have Plunged. Can Others Learn From It?


Sunday, November 25, 2018

DAYTON, Ohio — Dr. Randy Marriott clicked open the daily report he gets on drug overdoses in the county. Only one in the last 24 hours — stunningly low compared to the long lists he used to scroll through last year in a grim morning routine. “They just began to abruptly drop off,” said Dr. Marriott, who oversees the handoff of
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Teen Drug Use Drops In Ohio


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A local prevention expert credits greater awareness, media attention and personal tragedies for the decrease. There’s some good news out of Ohio, as a new survey indicates teen prescription painkiller and heroin use are on the decline. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the numbers come from a survey administered every two years by
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