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Officials with Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) say around 75 percent of people addicted to opioids first became hooked through a doctor’s prescription.

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, our weekly radio magazine.  You know, all around the state public radio stations this one are covering stories that are impacting their local communities. And many of those stories reflect what’s happening across the state and the nation.  

 

Today we bring a few of those stories….

 

 

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Ohioans are reacting to the long-awaited Republican Affordable Care Act repeal bill released Thursday. Many Miami Valley lawmakers and health advocates have expressed concern over the proposal’s potential impact on addiction, mental health and disability services.

From left to right, City Manager, Shelley Dickstein; DDP President, Sandy Gudorf; Tracy Sibbing with United Way; and Montgomery County Commissioner, Dan Foley.
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Dayton officials Tuesday launched a new collaborative effort aimed at reducing the number of panhandlers in the city. The new Real Change Dayton (RCD) program encourages people to help the homeless by giving at designated locations instead of giving directly to panhandlers.

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Wednesday is another big day of testimony before two Congressional committees investigating Russian attempts to influence the 2016 Presidential election. Notably, former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson (under President Obama) is scheduled to appear Wednesday before the House Intelligence Committee. Members of Congress will quiz Johnson on the details of widespread Russian cyber-attacks that targeted U.S. elections systems last year, and so-called "active measures," a Russian information warfare strategy which includes spreading falsehoods.

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Some of the officers that enforce liquor laws in Ohio are being trained to fight more than illegal serving or drinking. 

Gov. John Kasich says 80 undercover agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit, the agency that investigates liquor, tobacco and food stamp fraud, are being trained to spot the signs of human trafficking.

“If you have your eyes on what’s happening, you may prevent somebody from being taken and abused and have long term ramifications,” said Kasich.

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The Cincinnati City Council has approved funding in the city's 2018 budget for a needle exchange program aimed at stopping the spread of HIV and hepatitis C by intravenous drug users. 

  The council voted last week to provide $150,000 to the program based at the University of Cincinnati. City money will pay for at least four mobile sites served by a van.

The program had been funded by a 20-county nonprofit health agency called Interact for Health. A Cincinnati councilman began pushing for city funding of the needle exchange program after grant money dried up.

Nearly 100 people came to a town hall meeting with Ohio House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn, health and education advocates in Northwest Dayton Monday night.

The event, at Grace United Methodist Church, was originally billed as a town hall on the state’s budget shortfall, but the conversation quickly expanded to include a broad range of state and federal issues, including education spending, a federal proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and cut Medicaid funding for addiction and mental health treatment.

Otto Warmbier, a U.S. citizen who was freed last week after more than a year in North Korean detention, has died. Doctors who examined him after his return to said he had "extensive loss of tissue" in all parts of his brain.

Warmbier, 22, had been in a coma since coming home to the United States last week.

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Ohio state law prohibits firearms inside school buildings, but school boards have the right to give individuals permission to conceal carry.

At the Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response or FASTER training, educators prepare in case of an active shooter. On the third and last day, participants go through an active shooter simulation.

At Wadsworth High School, a role-playing scenario unfolds with one person pretending to be an active shooter.

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