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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Kapszukiewicz wants city to sue drug makers and suppliers

Monday, August 28, 2017

Toledo mayoral candidate Wade Kapszukiewicz said Monday the city of Toledo should join a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and suppliers. Mr. Kapszukiewicz, an unendorsed Democrat, announced his stand at a news conference outside the Lucas County Courthouse where he was joined by a couple who lost their son to heroin addiction that began with the use of
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Health systems unite for hospital-specific response to opioid epidemic

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Cleveland-area hospitals are partnering together to tackle the opioid epidemic through the Northeast Ohio Hospital Consortium on Opioid Addiction. The consortium, which includes Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and University Hospitals, was formed after hospital leaders agreed late last year to help fund a full-time position
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