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, . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
What a new rule in Ohio means for people getting pain meds Naloxone is a medication more prescribed now than ever before. Here’s why.< Do you or does someone you know have a pain pill prescription? Did naloxone come with the prescription? . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
Drug cocktails of cocaine and opioids have caused a surge in deaths since 2010, the Washington Examiner found in an analysis of mortality data. More than 10,100 people died from mixing the drugs in 2017, according to the analysis based . . .
Trees in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda are lit and decorated for the holiday season. (Laura Hancock, cleveland.com) Looking forward As Capitol Letter headed into 2019, cleveland.com’s Andrew Tobias asked Republican Gov.-elect Mike DeWine and the other incoming GOP statewide elected . . .
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 . . .
It’s the longest-running decline in U.S. history since World War I, when a flu pandemic killed almost 700,000 people nationwide. Life expectancy dropped to 78.6 years in 2017, down from 78.7 in 2016, contributing to the longest-running decline in U.S. . . .
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 . . .
A medical company hopes a clinical study on one of its devices will help efforts to reduce drug prescriptions that have played a role in fueling the state’s opioid epidemic. Cleveland-based Innovative Medical Equipment was among the seven 2017 recipients . . .
00:0000:0000:0000:00UP NEXT…AD06:26 / 17:06 Quality Auto360p720p1080 Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill hope to combat the opioid epidemic in part by expanding access to addiction treatment, a key part of the major legislative package unveiled late Tuesday. But some advocacy . . .
Last October, President Trump declared the opioid crises a public health emergency. With the loss of 72,000 lives in 2017 due to an overdose of prescription drugs, our country is still firmly in the midst of an opioid epidemic, leaving many Americans . . .
Fentanyl accounted for nearly three-fourths of Ohio overdose deaths, killing 3,431 people in 2017, 46 percent more than in the previous year. [File photo] Fatal drug overdoses kept rising in Ohio last year to a record 4,854, a 20 . . .
The House easily approved a bill Friday aimed at reducing the number of Americans addicted to opioids, a measure that includes a section from Sen. Rob Portman to make it more difficult to use the mail system to send fentanyl . . .
Fatal drug overdoses kept rising in Ohio last year to a record 4,854, a 20 percent increase over 2016’s toll. It was the eighth year in a row that drug deaths increased, according to data on unintentional drug deaths reported . . .
Jordan Daus of Bainbridge died from a heroin overdose Nov. 13, 2014. She was 18. Through organ donation, she was able to save the lives of others. Pictured: Jordan with her sister, MaKenna, on Jordan’s graduation day earlier that year. . . .
Ohio will receive $71.5 million over the next two years to combat the opioid epidemic as part of an ongoing federal grant program designed to increase drug treatment access and reduce opioid-related deaths. Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Health and . . .
Ohio is among the top five states with the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths. (Pixabay) Ohio is getting a $16 million piece of a $1 billion pie to help combat the opioid epidemic. The funding announced Wednesday . . .
A ballot measure that would reduce drug possession charges to misdemeanors would cut the prison and probation population in the state — which is high compared to other states, proponents say, But opponents say the proposal will have unintended consequences . . .
The poll was impromptu and far from scientific, but Carolyn Ireland figured that it might help explain some of the reasons her residential treatment program — among the oldest in Columbus — refuses to embrace a linchpin medication in Ohio’s . . .
Introduction Ohio Issue 1, which Ohio citizens will vote on in November, could substantially reduce incarceration of non-violent Ohioans and redirect resources toward treatment and community safety. The initiative is designed to increase public safety and reduce incarceration in four . . .
This OZY series brings to you the Medical Breakthroughs promising to transform healthcare, and our lives. Oregon-based physician Alan Schwartzstein knows urine tests aren’t very popular in America at the moment, thanks in part to reports about hospitals using them . . .
Liam’s adoptive mother picked up her son and asked him to display his feet. With his right foot on the glass table, the 5-year-old showed that one of his toes was inches removed from the rest. Liam was born with . . .
Ohio’s governor has signed a bill that increases penalties for drug trafficking and some other drug offenses when the drug involved is a fentanyl-related compound. Republican Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 1 on Wednesday. The law will go into . . .
A new report from the federal department that oversees Medicaid finds that prescribers in Ohio may still be overprescribing opioids in some cases. The Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general looked at opioid prescriptions for Medicaid participants in Ohio . . .
(Photo: File photo) Walmart is taking steps to limit prescriptions for pain pills, in a move that Ohio and Kentucky legislators have already embraced. The retail giant announced Monday that Walmart and Sam’s Club will restrict initial acute opioid prescriptions . . .
Gov. John Kasich discusses the handling of painkiller prescriptions for Ohioans suffering from chronic pain. (Randy Ludlow/The Dispatch) Ohioans in long-term, chronic pain need not worry about the state taking away their painkillers, but medical professionals will have to . . .
It wasn’t long ago that Kaitlin Lansing, a teenager from Waverly, OH was thinking about ending her life. She felt alone and ashamed by how her life had progressed after he parents got caught up in a cycle of drug . . .
On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, hosted a news conference call to outline his bipartisan bill to help Ohio law enforcement officers detect fentanyl and protect themselves from accidental overdoses by using the same screening equipment Customs and Border . . .