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Ohio urges drug users' loved ones to get overdose antidote


Sunday, May 15, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio is urging drug users’ relatives and friends to know signs of an overdose and obtain an antidote as part of a new, six-month public awareness campaign. The Department of Health says the effort launching Monday targets 15 counties hit hard by overdose deaths related to the potent, synthetic painkiller fentanyl, which can be
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House, Senate work on anti-drug compromise


Friday, May 13, 2016

A set of 18 opioid and heroin treatment bills approved today and earlier this week by the U.S. House of Representatives are expected to be merged with the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act already passed in the Senate and co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio). Mr. Portman, who has been complaining about a lack of action by the House on
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Ohio senator favors drug safety training for doctors


Thursday, May 12, 2016

With an eye toward combatting opioid abuse, Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is in favor of required safety training for doctors who prescribe the drugs to patients for pain management. Prescriptions for painkillers, including Morphine, Tramadol, Oxycodone, and Methadone, have risen over the past decade, and have been known to lead to crossover street drugs
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Editorial: Needle exchange program an unfortunate necessity


Sunday, May 8, 2016

It\'s easy and reasonable to resort to the primary argument against needle exchange programs — that they simply encourage, enable and perpetuate drug addiction by providing drug users a tool to continue their habit. While in some respects this argument is true, it looks past many other issues with drug abuse, specifically the serious, even fatal,
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Brian Bachelder commentary: Doctors must improve efforts to fight addiction


Friday, May 6, 2016

Three undeniable truths surround Ohio’s prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic: Progress has been made, more needs to be done, and collective efforts to treat patients with substance use disorders must expand. That is the unequivocal position of the American Medical Association Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse, of Ohio’s physicians, and
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Drug used to save heroin addicts may soon be in school medicine cabinets


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

CINCINNATI —A drug that keeps heroin addicts alive could soon make its way to medicine cabinets in schools around Greater Cincinnati. The medicine is called Narcan or naloxone, and many experts, including Kristie Blanchet, who heads People Advocating Recovery in Northern Kentucky, said it makes sense for school nurses to have it on hand in case of an
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