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No Beds Left: Federal Laws Stand In The Way Of Drug Treatment


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Jacqueline Abney lives in the Beacon House, a residential treatment center that looks just like any other home you would see in the historic downtown area of Wooster. The only difference: Jacqueline is living with several other women struggling with substance abuse disorder. When it comes to connecting people with a substance abuse disorder to care, many
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Ohio is winning some drug fights, Kasich says


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Fatal overdoses in Ohio rose to a record 4,854 in 2017, up 20 percent from the previous year and the eighth year in a row that drug deaths increased, according to state data. But Gov. John Kasich said at a Statehouse news conference Thursday that he sees encouraging signs among those grim statistics, though he added that there may be little state officials
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A healing touch


Sunday, September 9, 2018

For Tyler Vargo of Rossford, the downward spiral started with bunion surgery when he was 15. Vicodin was prescribed for his pain. He abused it. First it was 5 milligrams, then 20, then 30 milligrams. Eventually it was 10 30s a day. “Cigarettes tasted better, my mood was better, everything was better,” Mr. Vargo says. The stories are often
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Prosecutors turn up heat in overdose cases


Monday, September 3, 2018

Ronald Dye pressured his brother-in-law into trying heroin to ease his pain — injecting his arm with the deadly drug. Coreon Snow-Veley sold heroin to a young man — heroin that happened to be laced with fentanyl. Both men were convicted in Lucas County Common Pleas Court of involuntary manslaughter for causing another to overdose and die
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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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