Health, Science & The Environment

Drug Abuse
11:58 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Dayton’s East End Takes On Heroin Epidemic

East End Community Services provides a wide range of social services to Dayton's east side.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Accidental overdoses, including those caused by heroin, continue to rise in Ohio and in Montgomery County. Now a local non-profit is joining the fight to turn those numbers around.

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Energy
11:12 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Ohio Plays Ping-Pong With EPA Carbon Regulations

Coal is shipped by barge down the Ohio River.
Credit MoToMo / Flickr

A bill that puts the state’s renewable energy standards on hold for two years is headed to Ohio governor John Kasich’s desk. That comes just as the federal government has proposed new limits on emissions from power plants.

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Nature
6:15 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: June 3 - 9, 2014

Credit David Craig / Flickr Creative Commons

I have recently paid attention to the fact that my solitude is always an accompanied solitude.

Last year, I took part in several group walking meditation sessions in the woods. During these walks, I found that was I flooded with images from the path and the season, and with associated images of people I once knew and events evoked by the trees and plants, and I realized that the group experience only compounded another type of experience, that of being accompanied by other inhabitants of the landscape of my mind.

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Health
9:53 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Overdoses Still Climbing In Montgomery County

Approximately 4 million Americans try heroin for the first time each year. (Source: NIDA)
Credit www.heroinaddiction.com

Unintentional drug overdoses are still on the rise in Montgomery County: new numbers released Tuesday by public health officials show unintentional drug deaths jumped from 162 in 2012 to 226 in 2013.

Overdoses have been increasing since 2010, but officials call the 71 percent jump in deaths “unprecedented."

Bill Wharton with Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County says it’s going to take everyone in the community to deal with the problem.

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Nature
6:15 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: May 27 - June 2, 2014

Credit Erik Paterson / Flickr Creative Commons

The other morning, I was sitting by the garden pond, when the dogs across the street began to bark. Whatever it was that roused them must have been pretty exciting, because they kept up their yapping for several minutes. That was long enough to incite the bullfrog in the water beside me to bark too, to join their chorus. And so, for maybe twenty or thirty seconds, I sat on my wooden bench and listened to the hounds and the frog sing together.

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