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Michigan companies can't fill jobs because too many people can't pass a drug test


Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Macomb County factory owner sees a chance to increase production at his metal-stamping plant. He puts out a call for job applicants and dozens respond. About half are rejected. Why? They cannot pass a basic pre-employment drug test. A major manufacturing facility in Detroit furloughs workers during a downturn. When 100 of the workers are called back
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Michigan opioid OD deaths jumped 54% between 2015 and 2016


Friday, July 14, 2017

LANSING, Mich. -- Overdose deaths from opioids other than heroin jumped 54 percent between 2015 and 2016, and have more than tripled since 2012, according to data released Thursday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. A total of 1,365 died from opioid overdoses in 2016, compared to 884 in 2015 and 426 in 2012. That doesn't include
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More and more Ohio drivers are impaired by drugs


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The answer to how often an Ohio driver’s blood or urine sample tested positive for fentanyl used to be “never,” says a crime lab chief at the State Highway Patrol. But over the past three months, the powerful synthetic opioid — 50 times stronger than morphine and often mixed with heroin — has been detected in about 1 in 20
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Party politics muck up nine years of Statehouse solutions for the opioid crisis


Sunday, July 2, 2017

In late November as the Ohio Senate wrapped up its legislative agenda for 2016, Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni went to President Larry Obhof to ask for a Christmas miracle: a bipartisan compromise to fund opioid addiction treatment. The Youngstown-area Democrat and former boxer led with a $10 million request. The Ashtabula Republican countered with $2
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Ohio GOP preps for showdown over drug treatment, Medicaid expansion


Saturday, June 24, 2017

COLUMBUS - Ohio's GOP lawmakers say they are devoting millions to the fight against heroin and opioids, even as they propose stripping away insurance that helps Ohioans receive drug treatment. With one hand, GOP lawmakers in the Ohio Senate have offered $176 million to tackle the state's drug problem. With the other, they've proposed crippling Gov. John
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Test strips could help drug users detect deadly fentanyl


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Hudson man is hopeful an inexpensive test strip might help drug users avoid fentanyl, the powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that killed his son and hundreds more in the past few years in Northeast Ohio. Greg McNeil, the founder of opioid addiction awareness organization Cover2Resources is working with several local agencies to buy
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