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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Addressing a national health emergency

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Very few places in America have been harder hit by the opioid crisis than the state of Ohio. According to CDC data, the Buckeye State ranked second, only behind neighboring West Virginia, in overdose death rates per 100,000 residents in 2016. Over the last few years these mortality rates have continued to climb, despite new restrictions on prescription
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