The Miami Valley is in the midst of a heroin epidemic. In this edition of Call & Response, host Daryl Ward and Dr. Abdullahi Mubarak from the Cornerstone Project discuss causes and treatment options for families and residents affected by the heroin crisis.
On Monday, Wright State University held the Community Forum on Newborns Exposed to Heroin. Congressman Mike Turner and the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association hosted the event, which was considered the kick-off event of a new push to deal with the rising numbers of newborn babies affected by heroin use.
Association President, Brian Bucklew, says the rising number of babies being born to drug-addicted mothers is staggering.
An Ohio bill would require schools to include information in their health curricula about preventing abuse of prescription drugs.
State law already mandates instruction about nutrition, alcohol abuse and personal safety among other topics.
Under the proposal passed by the House last week, schools would be required to update their health curricula with information about the addictive properties of prescription opioids and their links to heroin.