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Theodore Decker: Ohio needs more than talk to respond to opioid crisis


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Faced with an epidemic of sweeping lethality, Ohio seems committed to a cure by a thousand Band-Aids. In his State of the State address Tuesday night, Gov. John Kasich declared drug addiction “a common enemy” and said he will request up to $20 million to help further research and treatment breakthroughs relating to substance abuse. This latest
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Governor aims to reduce Ohio’s overdose deaths


Friday, March 31, 2017

COLUMBUS — State agency leaders vowed Thursday to implement new restrictions on how many opiate painkillers may be prescribed at one time in Ohio’s latest effort to prevent the next generation of addicts. Calling the proposed rules a “done deal,” Gov. John Kasich said these actions, coupled with a crackdown on the law enforcement
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Ohio’s elderly often victimized by addicted relatives, friends


Friday, March 24, 2017

When the public and powers that be talk about the heroin crisis, they seldom mention a population that is fast becoming deeply affected: the country's elderly. Often invisible and forgotten, they're increasingly being drained of their life savings, neglected or abused by addicted family members and friends on whom they depend for care, officials say.
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Fentanyl Crisis: Columbus, Ohio Has One Fatal Overdose Per Day


Friday, March 17, 2017

The drug that killed Prince is slaying people at a rate of nearly one a day in Ohio's capital city. Fentanyl has already figured in 55 fatal drug overdoses in Columbus and surrounding Franklin County in January and February, the local coroner reported Friday. "The headline is that this is almost half the total number of fentanyl-related deaths we logged
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Ohio's overdose response team seeing successes


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Colerain Township Public Safety Director Daniel Meloy, who spent 25 years in law enforcement, saw a transition around 2009 in his town from cocaine and LSD to prescription pills and heroin. The Ohio township, with a population of 60,000, had 41 opioid-specific overdoses in 2011. The following year, the township saw 115 overdoses — a 125 percent
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Fatal overdoses double in Cuyahoga County compared with 2016


Saturday, March 4, 2017

CLEVELAND (AP) - A medical examiner says Cuyahoga County saw the number of fatal overdoses from heroin and fentanyl double during the first two months of this year compared with same period in 2016. Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson said Friday there have been at least 109 fatal overdoses attributed to heroin and fentanyl during January and February compared
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