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The opioid epidemic has touched the lives of thousands of people across the Miami Valley. As part of our coverage of the crisis, WYSO wanted to know what our listeners wanted to know. We collected dozens of questions, a lot of them from people wondering how best to help a loved one struggling with addiction or recovery, and how to find support for themselves.

Franklin County Courthouse
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Franklin County’s juvenile court is holding a public event Thursday at 2 p.m. to talk about the effectiveness of a program aimed at helping youth with substance abuse or mental health issues.

Coroner's Office sign
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The Ohio State Coroners Association has come out adamantly against the only issue on the statewide ballot, saying they can’t support any measure that makes it more difficult to prosecute drug dealers and traffickers.

The Libertarian candidate for governor has weighed in on Ohio Issue 1, known as the Drug and Criminal Justice Policies Initiative. In a statement Monday, Travis Irvine called the ballot measure “imperfect,” but “a step in the right direction."

Ohio Opioid Education Alliance

The Franklin County Opiate Action Plan announced a multi-million dollar effort to prevent youth drug abuse through awareness today. Dubbed the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance, it’s launched an ad campaign urging parents to not live in the fictional city of "Denial, Ohio."

Velva Poole has spent about 20 years as a social worker, mostly in Louisville, Ky. She's seen people ravaged by methamphetamines and cocaine; now it's mostly opioids. Most of her clients are parents who have lost custody of their children because of drug use. Poole remembers one mom in particular.

"She had her kids removed the first time for cocaine. And then she had actually gotten them back," she says. But three months later, the mother relapsed and overdosed on heroin.

Paul Coleman on his Career in Addiction Treatment

Aug 25, 2016
Maryhaven / Facebook

After 25 years as the president and chief executive officer of Maryhaven, Central Ohio's oldest addiction treatment center, Paul Coleman has retired. He joins us to discuss his time at Maryhaven and the treatment center's plans for the future.

Paul Coleman on his Career in Addiction Treatment

Jul 14, 2016
MARYHAVEN/ FACEBOOK

After 25 years as the president and chief executive officer of Maryhaven, Central Ohio's oldest addiction treatment center, Paul Coleman has retired. He joins us to discuss his time at Maryhaven and the treatment center's plans for the future.