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The state of Ohio is one of the bloodiest battlefields in the national war on opioids.

By 2017, Ohio was second to West Virginia in rates of overdose deaths — 5,111. State district attorneys are battling with the makers of prescription opioids, and the settlements will someday help pay for programs to help addicts.

Class is back in session in many Dayton area school districts. Hundreds of students in those districts were, in some way, affected by both the Memorial Day tornadoes and the Oregon District mass shooting. 

Some districts say they are responding to students’ mental health needs, but the need for those services has already been rising in recent years.

In the Trotwood Madison City School District, 226 students were displaced by the May tornadoes. Officials say they’re seeing students with signs of trauma related to the tornado and the shooting. 

Roger Chui first learned about the mass shooting that killed 12 people in a packed bar Wednesday night in Thousand Oaks, Calif., when he woke up the morning after and turned on his phone.

"And I was like 'Oh, that seems really soon after Pittsburgh and Louisville,' " says the software developer in Lexington, Ky. "I thought we'd get more of a break."

Chui feels like these kinds of shootings happen in the U.S. so often now that when he hears about them all he can think about is, "Oh well, it happened again I guess."

He's not alone.

When researchers first discovered a link in the late 1990s between childhood adversity and chronic health problems later in life, the real revelation was how common those experiences were across all socioeconomic groups.

Daryle Ray Walker pulls up into the driveway on his black Harley Davidson motorcycle. After living in Texas for years, he recently moved back to Ohio where he was born.

Trauma and the Developing Brain

Sep 26, 2013

11:00 Spend some time in an elementary school classroom, and you'll meet easygoing kids, and kids who lose control. Some aspects of temperament are established in infancy, but self-control problems can signal abuse, neglect or trauma. This hour we'll look at how early experiences change brain chemistry, and what happens when neuroscience meets behavioral therapy. Guests