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"Dreamland" author Sam Quinones to speak at Toledo library


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sam Quinones, author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic,” will speak Oct. 3 at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library about his reporting on the addiction crisis. “Dreamland” is a collection of stories about those affected by opiate addiction, the pharmaceutical industry’s effort to produce and market an
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We’re Undercounting Opioid Overdoses by Thousands


Friday, September 15, 2017

First came the headlines in August that 64,000 Americans had died of overdoses in 2016—a 21 percent jump from the previous year. Then came the news this month that the number of heroin users more than doubled between 2002 and 2016. The two biggest national data sets on drug deaths and use, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the
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The U.S. Opioid Epidemic


Thursday, September 14, 2017

The United States is grappling with one of its worst-ever drug crises. More than six hundred people a week die from opioid-related overdoses, and some experts say the death toll may not peak for years. Meanwhile, millions more Americans suffer from opioid addiction. The crisis has reached such a scale that, beyond the risks it poses to public health, it is
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Toledo should join list of communities taking drug firms to court


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Solving the opioid epidemic in Toledo and around Ohio certainly will not be as easy as winning a courtroom victory against pharmaceutical companies. But a judgment or a settlement in such a case could go a long way toward funding the larger fight and holding those companies accountable for their part in the crisis. Toledo Democratic mayoral candidate Wade
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An Ohio county will distribute 30,000 doses of a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hamilton County, Ohio, will distribute 30,000 doses of an overdose-reversing drug to try to stop a rash of deaths that has besieged the area. In what is believed to be the first program and clinical study of its kind in the country, the county will partner with hospitals, jails, faith-based groups and syringe exchanges that will distribute the medication,
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Ohio’s New Overdose Rates Are Truly Insane


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Ohio has been among the states hardest hit by the opioid epidemic for years, but data released Wednesday from the state’s Department of Health makes clear that the problem is only worsening: between 2015 and 2016, overdose deaths rose by 33 percent. The epidemic’s ripple effects are manifold, straining morgues, emergency services, and foster
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