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In the wake of our nationwide opioid epidemic, scientists explain how addiction manifests in adults and complicates the lives of infants born from drug abusing parents. Then, a look at emerging technologies that will make diabetes screening easier, safer, and eliminate the need to draw blood.

Opioids in the Workplace

Sep 27, 2017
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The nation’s opioid crisis has been described as the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history. The crisis has permeated businesses across Central Ohio to treat work-related injuries or conditions protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A May survey of employers by the National Safety Council found that 71 percent have felt the impact of prescription drug abuse at work.

A national nurses union is developing protocols for treating opioid patients after three Massillon, Ohio, nurses they represent were treated for fentanyl exposure.

A new analysis from the Associated Press shows Medicaid expansion accounted for 43 percent of total Ohio Medicaid spending on substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Advocates for the poor worry a proposed amendment in the state Senate budget that would end Medicaid expansion enrollment would be a disaster for Ohio’s opioid crisis.

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When the opioid carfentanil, an elephant tranquilizer, surfaced in Ohio last summer, it caused a public health emergency. Ohio now suffers more fatal drug overdoses from synthetic opioids than any other state in the country.

It seems carfentanil slipped through a crack in the system: a loophole in the Postal Service.

Cincinnati-area authorities say a spike in overdoses continues as investigators try to determine what drug is causing the increase and identify its source.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Cincinnati police and emergency crews responded to 39 overdoses from Monday through 1 a.m. Wednesday. Police and the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition say that brings the total number of overdoses since Aug. 19 to about 270.

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New research suggests the standing desk fad isn't delivering the health benefits originally promised. Today we'll discuss alternative strategies to avoid sitting for too long. Also, more than forty Americans die each day from prescription opioid overdoses. This hour we'll discuss how the CDC is looking to lower this number with new guidelines. And, how the health of sports fans is affected by watching their favorite teams play. 

Debbie Holmes

The opioid problem tearing apart families from all walks of life in Ohio tops the priority list for state law enforcement officials.