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Sandra Lamb is the second person to graduate from the U-Turn Recovery Court. The first is David Key. Judge John Rudduck stands between the two in this photo.
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Overdose deaths continue to rise in Southwest Ohio, and the opioid epidemic is taking a toll on courts as more and more addicts end up behind bars for drug-related crimes. To help mitigate overcrowding, some Miami Valley counties are launching special drug courts. The courts offer nonviolent addicts a chance to avoid jail and get the services they need to stay clean and out of trouble for good—but it’s no easy fix.

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The number of opioid overdose victims treated at Greene County emergency rooms nearly doubled over one 24-hour period this week. County officials say they believe the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl is to blame.

 

Fentanyl is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and up to 100 times stronger than morphine. Greene County health officials say even small amounts of the opioid painkiller can be deadly.

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It’s no secret that Ohio’s opioid overdose-death toll continues to rise. Despite a significant drop in prescription opioids over the last few years, overdose deaths in 2015 jumped another 20 percent, and Southwest Ohio has been especially hard-hit by the crisis.

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Ohio’s Attorney General has been doing events around the state in the last few weeks, to bring more awareness to the state’s drug opioid epidemic. That crisis was brought into a harsh spotlight recently thanks to a photo of two Ohioans who nearly died from their heroin use.

Mike DeWine says he has mixed feelings about the East Liverpool police photo that went viral, featuring a couple overdosing on heroin in a van with a four year old buckled in a seat behind them.

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Two local health agencies are expanding their services for people dealing with serious addiction to heroin and other opiates.

 

 

Montgomery County Commissioners have approved more than $3.5 million dollars in new funding to Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) and Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County.

 

State officials have enacted new regulations to curb what they say is overprescribing of opioid painkiller medications to patients who may not really need them
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The state says the number of prescriptions being written for painkillers continues to fall as Ohio battles a deadly addictions epidemic.

Data released by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy Monday show 701 million painkiller pills were dispensed to Ohio patients last year, down 12 percent from a high of 793 million in 2012.

The data also show a 71 percent decrease in the number of patients going from doctor to doctor in search of drugs thanks to the pharmacy board's computerized reporting system.

State officials have enacted new regulations to curb what they say is overprescribing of opioid painkiller medications to patients who may not really need them
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich and a coalition of state medical leaders have announced guidelines meant to reduce the prescribing of painkillers for short-term pain.

The guidelines recommend using alternatives to painkillers with addictive qualities when treating pain from injuries and surgery that generally lasts less than 12 weeks.

Dr. Mary DiOrio, medical director for the Ohio Department of Health, says the guidelines also call for the minimum number of pills needed when such drugs are deemed necessary.

State officials have enacted new regulations to curb what they say is overprescribing of opioid painkiller medications to patients who may not really need them
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Ohio lawmakers leading the fight to reduce the state's deadly addictions epidemic are backing a federal effort to curb the prescribing of painkillers.
 
Rep. Robert Sprague, a Findlay Republican, said Monday he's throwing his support behind proposed guidelines governing painkillers by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
Sprague also called on anyone affected by drug abuse to contact the CDC to support the guidelines.
 

State officials have enacted new regulations to curb what they say is overprescribing of opioid painkiller medications to patients who may not really need them
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This Saturday, Dayton area residents can drop off old prescription drugs and other unwanted medicines.

As part of the 10th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, the city and Dayton Police Department will designate five drop-off sites in and around Dayton from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

National event organizers say over the last nine years more than four million pounds of drugs were collected and disposed of—drugs they could have been misused or ended up in the wrong hands.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich's proposed $72 billion budget would boost the number of state workers helping prison inmates beat drug and alcohol addiction.

The proposal shifts such treatment from the state prisons agency to the department that handles addiction services and boosts the number of staff members involved, currently about 120.

Tracy Plouck (plowk), director of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, says that while nearly six of every 10 inmates need some kind of addictions treatment, fewer than one in 10 receive it.

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