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Ohio uses Prince's death to boost naloxone awareness


Friday, June 3, 2016

The death of superstar musician Prince from fentanyl has triggered a renewed urge to get an antidote to opioid overdose into the hands of Ohioans. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services on Friday released a statement encouraging people to get naloxone.
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Father sentenced after toddler dies of heroin overdose


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio - By now, Dominic Dickinson should be in the throes of his terrible twos. Instead, the boy with the bright eyes and big smile is forever 11 months old. Police received a call of an infant not breathing on May 13, 2015. Medics pronounced Dominic deceased shortly after arriving. It was later determined that Dominic had lethal doses of heroin
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Portman ad blitz focuses on his work to combat heroin epidemic


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sen. Rob Portman’s Ohio re-election campaign will unleash its first television ad blitz Wednesday — three different spots highlighting the GOP senator’s work on legislation to combat the heroin epidemic. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/05/31/portman-ad-blitz-focuses-his-work-combat-heroin-epidemic/85198854/

Local PROJECT DIRECT LINK Wood County to begin addict treatment plan


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Wood County is adopting a program piloted in Lucas County last year that is meant to funnel opiate addicts from jail to treatment, and providing medication to stop them from overdosing. The program, which is set to begin “any day now,” said Perrysburg Municipal Court chief bailiff and probation officer Scott Howard, enrolls people leaving the
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Scott VanDerKarr’s new job


Sunday, May 22, 2016

For nearly seven years, Scott VanDerKarr worked closely with heroin addicts as one of Ohio’s first drug court judges, emphasizing treatment over penalties and earning rave reviews for his work. Now, VanDerKarr is attempting to break new ground again with a new kind of legal practice that caters to families desperate to help their addicted loved ones.
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Editorial: Gov. Kasich, save lives and declare the heroin epidemic a state emergency


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

If 2,000 people had died in Ohio from the flu last year, you can bet this state would have been on high alert. The governor would surely have used his emergency powers to free up millions of dollars to buy flu shots and get them out to those at risk. Nurses, doctors and hospital staffers would have been mobilized. The substantial power of the state would
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