Northeast Ohio paramedics are still experiencing drug shortages after Hurricane Irma

Thursday, May 17, 2018

PARMA, Ohio - Fire stations across northeast Ohio are experiencing a shortage of medications they use while responding to emergencies, causing them to use different drugs. The shortage is one of the lasting impacts of last summer's Hurricane Irma. Lately, when firefighters race to a call their drug supply isn't what it used to be. "A lot of medications
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Needle exchange program offers fentanyl test strips

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Fentanyl has become the scourge of anyone trying to fight Ohio’s opioid epidemic: deadly in small quantities and appearing in an increasing number of fatal overdoses. Users never can be sure what has been mixed with what they believe is heroin or cocaine after the drug is cut and sold several times. Now, Lucas County’s needle exchange program
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Drug Take Back Day spotlights Ohio’s ongoing opioid crisis

Saturday, April 28, 2018

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Police departments throughout Northeast Ohio collected unused and old prescription drugs Saturday for the 15th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. “You want to get rid of them, they are in your cabinet but you don’t know how. You don’t want to throw them down the toilet. You don’t want to put
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Seven Days of Heroin

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Enquirer sent more than 60 reporters, photographers and videographers into their communities to chronicle an ordinary week in this extraordinary time. It’s a little after sunrise on the first day of another week, and Cincinnati is waking up again with a heroin problem. So is Covington. And Middletown. And Norwood. And Hamilton. And West Chester
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Study: Medical marijuana prevents opioid ODs

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A recent study says states with medical marijuana programs have fewer overdose deaths from opioids compared to states without such programs. The study published last month in the peer-reviewed Journal of Health Economics also found that states with medical marijuana programs see fewer prescriptions written for opioids
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As the opioid epidemic rages, the fight against addiction moves to an Ohio courtroom

Saturday, April 7, 2018

MCARTHUR, Ohio — The opioid epidemic has affected nearly every aspect of life in Vinton County. Teachers buy shoes for students whose addicted parents send them to school in footwear held together with tape. Overdose deaths have surged. Foster care is overwhelmed. The jail is bursting at the seams. The expenses related to caring for the children of
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