Retailer cites regulatory uncertainty after Trump plans e-cigarette flavor ban (Getty Images) Walmart Inc. will stop selling all e-cigarettes in its U.S. stores, citing regulatory uncertainty around the vaping devices after the White House announced plans to ban most . . .
President Trump speaks to the press with first lady Melania Trump and Acting Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Norman Sharpless (left) and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in the Oval Office at the White House on Wednesday. (Nicholas . . .
Thirteen people have been hospitalized in Ohio for severe lung illnesses after vaping. (Richard B. Levine/Sipa USA/TNS) COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thirteen people were confirmed to have been hospitalized with severe lung illnesses likely due to vaping, according to the . . .
Gov. Mike DeWine, who has made child protection a hallmark of his career, is researching whether he has the legal authority to ban liquid flavors used in e-cigarettes as one way to battle against children vaping. (Photo: Columbus Bureau) . . .
Public health agencies are investigating hundreds of cases of lung disease related to vaping and electronic cigarette use. (Picture Alliance/Getty Images) An outbreak of severe lung disease among users of electronic cigarettes continues to spread to new patients and . . .
Patients hospitalized with vaping-related illness often have severe pneumonia, and this kind of inflammation can create long-term damage, doctors say. (alvarez/Getty Images) Nationwide, people who vape continue to sicken with severe and unexplained lung illness, leaving doctors and patients . . .
A woman exhales a puff of vapor from a Juul pen in Vancouver, Wash. Television broadcasters including Viacom, CBS and WarnerMedia announced they are no longer running e-cigarette ads. (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP) Major broadcast companies including CBS, Viacom, and WarnerMedia . . .
In this Aug. 28, 2019 photo a man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine. [Robert F. Bukaty/AP Photo] The Ohio Department of Health said Tuesday that it is spending $4.1 million over two years to increase education . . .
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says evidence made public over the past two weeks makes clear that drugmakers were responsible for the U.S. opioid crisis. The Republican spoke Friday at a joint appearance with U.S. drug czar Jim Carroll, . . .
Supporters of the Affordable Care Act protest outside the Supreme Court in 2015. [Jacquelyn Martin/The Associated Press] When Republicans used a GOP tax bill to kill a provision in the 2010 health-care law requiring most Americans buy health insurance . . .
Cardinal Health’s National Logistics Center at 5995 Commerce Drive in Groveport is one of the biggest recipients of the tax break that’s been worth at least $4.3 billion so far. [Eric Albrecht/Dispatch] Distribution centers, including those used by drug . . .
Logan County, W.Va., saw more than 45 million oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills between 2006 and 2012, according to a DEA database. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) The origin, evolution and astonishing scale of America’s catastrophic opioid epidemic just . . .
COLUMBUS — Across Ohio the legal purchase age for tobacco and vaping products will increase to 21, up from 18, when Gov. Mike DeWine signs the state budget bill. The new restriction will apply to anyone who hasn’t turned 18 by . . .
Cincinnati paramedics respond to an overdose victim at Piatt Park in Downtown Cincinnati. The victim, 32, survived and refused to go to a hospital. (Photo: Liz Dufour/The Enquirer) Ohio will see its first drop in overdose deaths since the opioid epidemic . . .
The sun sets on Cleveland in 2016. A CVS in nearby Parma, Ohio, received more opioids than any other drugstore in Cuyahoga County. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) PARMA, Ohio — At Knuckleheads Bar & Grill, the subject on a . . .
The bipartisan legislation was introduced Tuesday, calling for similar measures in Senate version. The Ohio House introduced its own bipartisan drug sentencing bill Tuesday, which, like the Senate version that’s been under discussion for weeks, seeks less prison time for . . .
Standardized compassionate care practices are being used to help babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome in Ohio. (Chris Sternal-Johnson/Flickr) COLUMBUS, Ohio – A statewide effort to improve the care of innocent victims of Ohio’s opioid epidemic is showing positive results. . . .
https://www.cincinnati.com/videos/news/2019/05/16/why-more-people-cincinnati-region-dying-too-soon/3687053002/ For years, Dan Petronio’s simple goal at the nonprofit Center for Great Neighborhoods rested in luring new businesses to Covington with low costs of development. Then Petronio had an awakening. Attracting economic engines was more complicated than tax incentives or . . .
The Ohio Statehouse [Brooke LaValley/Columbus Dispatch] Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder After jettisoning a controversial Medicaid change, the Ohio House gave broad, bipartisan support to a new two-year, $68.9 billion operating budget Thursday that includes a tax cut for . . .
Nineteen Ohio counties will be focus areas as part of a national effort to address the opioid epidemic. (NIH) COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio is among four states taking part in an ambitious effort to stem the tide of the . . .
In July Stephanie Gaffney told The Enquirer she was in treatment for her opioid addiction and aimed to create a good life for her child. Ten days later, she died of brain damage after an opioid overdose. (Cara Owsley /The . . .
The Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force announced that they have charged 60 individuals, including 53 medical professionals, with crimes related to illegal distribution of opioids and other dangerous narcotics. Albert Cesare, firstname.lastname@example.org Federal prosecutors charged 60 physicians and pharmacists . . .
31 doctors charged in ‘largest’ opioid crackdown The Justice Department announced April 17 that 60 defendants, including 31 doctors, were charged in the “largest” opioid takedown across the country. (Reuters) Dozens of medical professionals in five states were charged Wednesday . . .
(George Frey/Reuters) John Heubusch is a novelist and the executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute in Simi Valley, Calif. We had tried everything to stop the spread of my cancer. My doctor felt it was . . .
Federal money to fight the opioid crisis nearly doubled in the last two years, according to a national think tank’s new report analyzing that funding. The Bipartisan Policy Center says $343 million federal dollars poured into Ohio over the . . .
OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vermont. (Toby Talbot / AP) As the nation’s opioid crisis has devastated thousands of families, it also has taken a crippling financial toll on cities, small towns . . .
It is good to see the state of Ohio strive to help injured workers also avoid the added pain of opioid addiction. That’s the intended outcome of a decision by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to no longer cover prescriptions . . .
Between 2010 and 2016, opioid-related overdose deaths tripled in Ohio. (christinacorsco/Twenty20) COLUMBUS, Ohio – While the opioid crisis has touched Ohioans from all walks of life, some of the risk factors may not be random. In an attempt to . . .
A vial containing 2mg of fentanyl, which will kill a human if ingested into the body, is displayed at the Drug Enforcement Administration Special Testing and Research Laboratory in Sterling, Va. A 2mg dose of fentanyl is fatal to 99 . . .
In 2016, The Center for Community Solutions released a report on syringe services programs (SSPs) in Ohio, which provided information on the programs that existed at that time, including those developed in response to the state’s 2015 change in regulations . . .
Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin Urges Action on Justice and Drug Policy Reforms Earlier today, Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof announced their General Assembly priorities for 2019, which includes a landmark criminal justice reform bill. “We need to stop . . .
Anti-OD provides naloxone within reach. A University of Cincinnati associate professor is leading the effort to get these out in Downtown Cincinnati. Ever see a life-saving defibrillator in a case on a wall? Surely you’ve seen a fire extinguisher. Soon, . . .
Cambridge Dictionary’s pick for word of the year speaks to our unhealthy attachment to smartphones Many dictionary publishers pick their own “word of the year” at the end of December, in an effort to summarize the year in a single . . .
Alcohol misuse accounted for 35,823 deaths in 2017, an increase of nearly 46 percent over almost two decades, according to a Washington Examiner analysis of mortality data. The data, which come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, show . . .
Companies say suits should stay before judge in Cleveland Babies’ cases are being ‘warehoused’ and lawyers seek a voice Companies making and distributing opioid painkillers opposed a proposal to separate lawsuits filed on behalf of addicted babies from local governments’ . . .
The synthetic opioid fentanyl remains a killer in Ohio – and across the nation (AP photo) With an average toll amounting to 14 deaths each day, Ohio remains saddled with the nation’s second-highest rate of drug overdose deaths. Only . . .
Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco, Hamilton County coroner, delivers opioid-related death totals for 2017, up 30 percent from 2016. (Liz Dufour) Life expectancy drops again (Liz Dufour/The Enquirer) Ohio held fast to its overdose-death ranking of second highest in the nation in 2017, . . .
It’s an easy pill to swallow. Wake Forest University scientists have identified a chemical compound that could be a non-addictive alternative to drugs like morphine, oxycodone and fentanyl. The drug, AT-121, simultaneously targets two types of opioid receptors in the brain — one . . .
Experts say the opioid crisis has evolved from addiction to prescription pain medication and now an increase in fentanyl and methamphetamine use. (rtdisoho/Pixabay) Solving a problem takes understanding, and a new poll reveals insight on public opinion that could . . .
The CDC has encouraged medical providers to reduce painkiller prescriptions. (Pixabay) Many opioid addictions begin with a legitimate prescription for pain pills, and new data uncover how these medications are being prescribed in Ohio. The 2018 Ohio Health Issues . . .
The super-powerful synthetic opioid is cheap… and deadly. First it was pain pills driving the opioid overdose epidemic, then it was heroin. Now, it’s the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Last year, fentanyl was implicated in roughly half of all overdose deaths, . . .
The Ohio START program helps parents facing addiction who are involved in the child-welfare system. (laterjay/Pixabay) The opioid crisis has left some parents struggling with addiction, resulting in an overburdened foster-care system. An innovative program is expanding in Ohio . . .
Ohio Senate president says action will come quick, before the end of the year. After Issue 1 fails, state leaders vow to take on criminal justice reform After voters statewide rejected Issue 1 this week, state lawmakers are ready to . . .
After Issue 1 failure, what’s next in the battle on Ohio’s opioid epidemic? After David Sigal overcame his addiction, he started a foundation in Central Ohio to help people dealing with addiction. “I buried 30 people in three months . . .
Ohio Issue 1 would reduce penalties for some drug users. Supporters say it would reduce prison population. Opponents say it would make Ohio less safe. (Journal Sentinel files) Ohio’s controversial Issue 1 has driven debate on criminal justice reform for . . .
(a4gpa/Flickr) Opioid addiction continues to deplete Ohio’s communities and is driving up the number of children entering foster care. It’s been a year since the Ohio Attorney General’s office granted money for 30 Days to Family Ohio to address the . . .
A group representing dozens of mental-health care providers across the state is concerned that changes in the way claims are paid for Medicaid patients could lead to limited programming options in an era when services are needed more than ever. . . .
For those who view last week’s long-awaited release of the Ohio Department of Health’s annual report on accidental drug overdoses through the lens of a glass half full, they will confidently find concrete evidence for cheer. For those who view . . .
Verily, formerly known as Google Life Sciences, is part of a multi-organization partnership for a future mental behavioral health and drug addiction treatment offering for Dayton-area residents, confirm multiple sources. (Getty Images) Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is preparing to enter the . . .