Ohio county seeks federal help to expand drug abuse battle

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio's largest county is asking the federal government to waive rules that would make more publicly funded beds available for long-term drug treatment as it battles a growing epidemic of heroin and fentanyl abuse that has killed 200 people so far this year. The Cuyahoga County executive released a letter sent last month to the U.S.
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Ohio '911 Good Samaritan' law granting immunity for overdose calls signed by Gov. John Kasich

Monday, June 13, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A person who calls 911 to save a friend who is overdosing won't be arrested or punished for minor drug offenses under a new Ohio law. Ohio joined 37 states and the District of Columbia with so-called 911 Good Samaritan laws on Monday when Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 110 into law. But Ohio's law contains a few provisions critics say
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Courts Some find drug court sentences inadequate

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Dawn Ohms can’t forget the Sunday afternoon in March when a robber walked into the convenience store where she works and ordered her to the floor. “All I could think of was, I have a 6-month-old grandson, and I’m not going to see him again,” Ms. Ohms recalled. At 52, she has bad knees and wasn’t getting down fast enough for the
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Prescriptions for opioids fall in Ohio, but addiction continues to kill at alarming rates

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

In response to a spiraling overdose crisis, Ohio health regulators enacted urgent reforms in 2012 to limit the amount of opioids prescribed to patients, cutting the number of doses by 11.5 percent over the next three years. But the quick results collided with a cold reality: Overdose deaths in the state skyrocketed during that same period.
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Michigan Legislature crafts opioid bills to stem addiction

Sunday, June 5, 2016

LANSING — People addicted to drugs in the remote Upper Peninsula city of Escanaba have a rare group of people to turn to for treatment: the police. The opioid epidemic sweeping Michigan has only recently hit the isolated community of about 12,000 people, where the problem is now so desperate that the city’s soon-to-be police director Lt. Robert
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Editorial: Blaming heroin victims won't solve crisis

Saturday, June 4, 2016

We understand. Blaming people with heroin addictions is easy. We all wish they had made a different decision. They do too. But life is never simple and one of its greatest challenges can be overcoming an addiction, especially to a powerful opiate that's destroying lives and families in every corner of society.
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