Opioids at work: Ohio gets $8M to help stem epidemic's impact on employees, employers

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Ohio's workforce is expected to get an $8 million infusion to combat chronic absenteeism, drug-positive tests, productivity issues and a general lack of employees that have followed the opioid epidemic into the workplace. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced Thursday that 16 counties, including Hamilton, Butler and Clermont, will share
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Breaking down Issue 1

Monday, October 22, 2018

MARTINS FERRY — Issue 1 is not just a penal code change for Ohio; instead it is a proposed constitutional amendment that will appear on Ohio’s ballot on Nov. 6. Issue 1, titled “The Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment,” was designed to reduce the number of people in state prisons for low-level,
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A Day in Court

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Applause broke out in the courtroom after one man announced he found a job. Another woman rolled a dice to see how many days of jail she would receive after missing a drug screening. Parole officers and treatment providers alike gave input on their clients’ progress in combating addiction. It might not be a normal day for the judicial system, but for
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No Beds Left: Federal Laws Stand In The Way Of Drug Treatment

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Jacqueline Abney lives in the Beacon House, a residential treatment center that looks just like any other home you would see in the historic downtown area of Wooster. The only difference: Jacqueline is living with several other women struggling with substance abuse disorder. When it comes to connecting people with a substance abuse disorder to care, many
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Ohio is winning some drug fights, Kasich says

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Fatal overdoses in Ohio rose to a record 4,854 in 2017, up 20 percent from the previous year and the eighth year in a row that drug deaths increased, according to state data. But Gov. John Kasich said at a Statehouse news conference Thursday that he sees encouraging signs among those grim statistics, though he added that there may be little state officials
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A healing touch

Sunday, September 9, 2018

For Tyler Vargo of Rossford, the downward spiral started with bunion surgery when he was 15. Vicodin was prescribed for his pain. He abused it. First it was 5 milligrams, then 20, then 30 milligrams. Eventually it was 10 30s a day. “Cigarettes tasted better, my mood was better, everything was better,” Mr. Vargo says. The stories are often
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