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Opioid Addiction And Stigma

Jul 30, 2019
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The public perception of opioid addiction and the reality for addiction victims, their families and loved ones often stand in stark contrast. Stigma is the problem.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the opioid crisis and the role of stigma. 

See a list of community events featuring first-person stories from Not Far From Me.

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.

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the findings of its 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Thursday, measuring the rates of drug use, instances of violence and suicidal thoughts and actions among the nation’s teens.

Fewer teenagers are using drugs and having sex, according to the survey results, but there are still many areas of concern for the public health agency.

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Naloxone is an antidote that can help reverse drug overdoses.
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Jordan, a college student in Central Ohio, is a lot like many of his classmates. He does well in school, has a part-time internship, a solid group of friends – and also uses cocaine.

Jason Delcol
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Records show an Ohio trooper accused of selling drugs in Delaware County, giving an accomplice a bulletproof vest and lying to police had been fired twice before for drug-related offenses.

Ohio Highway Patrol trooper Jason Delcol was charged with distributing controlled substances, distributing human growth hormone and witness tampering, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Columbus said Tuesday.

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Federal prosecutors say a former guard at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution conspired with several inmates to distribute drugs in the prison.

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The Franklin County Coroner’s office says overdose deaths blamed largely on opioids continue to spike compared to a year ago.

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Safety and transportation officials on Tuesday are hosting a drugged driving summit, which organizers call part of an effort to curb an increase in drugged driving fueled by the state’s opiate epidemic.

Guards at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville plan to picket outside the prison Wednesday, trying to draw attention to what they call state efforts to downplay the issue of drugs in prisons.

Drugs Seized From Plane At Ohio University Airport

Mar 30, 2017
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Authorities say they've seized a "significant" amount of suspected cocaine from an unauthorized plane that landed at Ohio University's airport.

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The Senate has upped the penalties for possessing fentanyl, the deadly and powerful synthetic painkiller that’s been turning up in heroin in Ohio. Debate on what may seem like a simple way to fight the fentanyl problem got complex and heated.

The Senate has upped the penalties for possessing fentanyl, the deadly and powerful synthetic painkiller that’s been turning up in heroin in Ohio. Debate on what may seem like a simple way to fight the fentanyl problem got complex and heated.

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Ohio schools may expand their anti-drug message to students. It's one of the new proposals from Attorney General Mike DeWine aimed at helping the children of opiate addicts. But some members of the Ohio Board of Education remember past drug education failures.

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The state’s battle against drug addiction takes place in venues ranging from homes to schools to major highways.

The drug is so strong and deadly, it's been researched as a chemical weapon of warfare; police officers are warned to handle it with extreme care. The opioid carfentanil is 10,000 times more potent than morphine — but until now, it hasn't been a controlled substance in China, where producers have been exporting it abroad.

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