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How Dayton, Ohio, halved opioid deaths in 2018 – and inspired other cities

Monday, March 4, 2019

by The Guardian

Growing up in the farmlands around Dayton, south-west Ohio, a teenage Randy Carmack knew many “little old ladies” whose cupboards contained powerful painkillers. “One had a leg amputation and she didn’t like her fentanyl patches, so I bought her prescription from her granddaughter,” he said.

Carmack had dabbled with the prescription painkiller OxyContin and morphine. But trying fentanyl, the potent synthetic opioid that killed Prince and has been most recently blamed for high fatalities in America’s opioids crisis, got him really hooked.