opioid crisis

Franklin County Reports 18 Fatal Overdoses In A Week

Sep 6, 2018
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The coroner for the county that includes Ohio's capital city is warning of a spike in overdose deaths and encouraging friends and family members of addicts to obtain an overdose antidote.

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The top justice of the Ohio Supreme Court is speaking out on a constitutional amendment on the fall ballot, which would require low-level drug offenders be charged with misdemeanors, not felonies.

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This week, nearly 30 people were exposed to a fentanyl-heroin mixture at a Chillicothe prison. The incident lead to two dozen prison guards, nurses and an inmate being hospitalized. But the incident at Ross Correctional Institute did not stand alone.

A top Justice Department official is putting cities considering medically-supervised drug injection facilities on notice: If you open one, prepare for swift and aggressive legal action.

With record numbers of fatal overdoses, several cities are working on plans to launch facilities where people can inject illegal drugs with staff on hand to help them if they overdose. Now, however, the Trump administration is vowing a major crackdown.

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A substance that led to nearly 30 people at an Ohio prison being treated for drug exposure or suspected exposure was a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, the State Highway Patrol said.

Months in prison didn’t rid Daryl of his addiction to opioids.

“Before I left the parking lot of the prison, I was shooting up getting high,” he says.

Wellness Wednesday: Overdose Awareness, Lyme Disease

Aug 29, 2018
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Lyme disease has tripled in the last two decades, according to the CDC. This insect-carried disease can cause symptoms like rashes, joint pain and headaches.

There used to be a vaccine for Lyme disease, but it was taken off the market because of low sales. Now, some doctors are calling for a change.

Today on Wellness Wednesday, we’ll talk about the future of treating Lyme disease, the antidote for opioid overdoses and more.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions traveled to Cleveland on Wednesday to announce a series of actions against people accused of illegally distributing opioids.

The steps by the Justice Department target two Ohio doctors, two Chinese citizens and a number of others.

“Today’s announcements are a warning to every trafficker, every crooked doctor or pharmacist, every drug company, every chairman and foreign national and company that puts greed before the lives and health of the American people,” Sessions said.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams made a plea in April for more Americans to be prepared to administer naloxone, an opioid antidote, in case they or people close to them suffer an overdose.

"The call to action is to recognize if you're at risk," Adams told NPR's Rachel Martin. "And if you or a loved one are at risk, keep within reach, know how to use naloxone."

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Seven counties across Ohio are seeing a spike in recent drug-related emergency room visits and overdoses this summer, and officials say the incidents are connected.

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