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Bleak New Estimates in Drug Epidemic: A Record 72,000 Overdose Deaths in 2017


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Fentanyl is a big culprit, but there are also encouraging signs from states that have prioritized public health campaigns and addiction treatment. Drug overdoses killed about 72,000 Americans last year, a record number that reflects a rise of around 10 percent, according to new preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control. The death toll is
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Policies inhibit treatment


Friday, August 10, 2018

The opioid crisis shows no signs of subsiding. When addicts show up at emergency rooms, there’s a good chance they won’t find help, says Julie Havlak, writing for Carolina Journal News Service. “I see individuals walk into the emergency department, saying, ‘I’m fed up, I’m done, I want to stop doing heroin. Can you help
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Cheaper, purer meth piggybacks opioid crisis in Ohio


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

PIKETON, Ohio - Richard Kreager is quick to share his most embarrassing photos: The one where he is handcuffed on the side of the road, surrounded by police officers, or the shot of him lying in a hospital bed, hooked to a ventilator, his kidneys shutting down. Each, he says, serves as a cautionary tale of his addiction to methamphetamine. "They say one
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Ohio voters to decide on possibility of reducing penalties for non-violent drug offenders


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) Issue 1 will be one on the November ballot. That means Ohioans will vote on whether to reduce penalties for non-violent drug offenders. Addiction is hard to overcome, but some parents say full recovery can be just as difficult. “It’s hard for him to move forward and start a new life,” said a Dayton area
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Hundreds of Ohio Medicaid enrollees at risk of opioid overdose: HHS IG


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Rogue prescribers and Medicaid “doctor shoppers” are using taxpayer-funded insurance to fuel the deadly opioid epidemic, according to a new audit Tuesday that found 1 in 6 people on Ohio’s government-run health program for the poor were prescribed opioids and hundreds of them were at “serious risk” of overdosing. One Medicaid
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Kids Overdosing on Med For Opioid Addiction


Monday, June 25, 2018

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Young American children are being sickened -- and even dying -- after being poisoned by a drug used to fight opioid addiction, a new report contends. Investigators reported that between 2007 and 2016, more than 11,000 emergency calls were made to U.S. poison control centers after a child or teen was exposed to
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