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White House Opioid Task Force looks for answers to crisis in Cleveland

CLEVELAND - With the opioid epidemic considered a national emergency, News 5 has learned the answer to this scourge may be here in Cleveland. The president's opioid task force is coming here to look for some answers. Behind the wall of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center lies a possible solution to a national [...]

By | 2017-09-13T17:53:55+00:00 September 13th, 2017|News|0 Comments

US heroin deaths jump 533% since 2002, report says

(CNN)The number of heroin users in the United States jumped from 404,000 in 2002 to 948,000 in 2016, a 135% increase, according to the most recent government numbers. But even more striking: The number of people who had fatal overdoses related to heroin has skyrocketed from 2,089 in 2002 to an estimated 13,219 in 2016 [...]

By | 2017-09-08T12:03:08+00:00 September 8th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Risking death, ‘testers’ become guinea pigs for heroin dealers’ lethal doses

AKRON, Ohio - For drug dealers, one of the biggest challenges of selling synthetic opioids like fentanyl is the likelihood that the product will kill their customers. To reduce that chance, many test the drugs on human guinea pigs. Bryan Stalnaker volunteered for that job. On March 24, 2015, the dose he shot up in [...]

By | 2017-09-05T11:16:15+00:00 September 5th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Over 4,000 Ohioans died of drug overdoses in 2016, a 33 percent increase

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Last year, 4,050 Ohio residents died of unintentional drug overdoses, up 32.8 percent from 2015, according a state report released Wednesday. Nearly a third of those deaths were in Northeast Ohio. State officials are attributing the surge to stronger drugs, including fentanyl and the emergence of a similar drug, carfentanil. Carfentanil was [...]

By | 2017-08-30T20:14:47+00:00 August 30th, 2017|News|0 Comments

States Work To Keep Opioid Epidemic From Splitting Up Families

After Raven Mosser gave birth six years ago, she woke up to a social worker in her hospital room. Her newborn son had been born exposed to opioids — drugs she had been abusing for years. If she didn’t get clean, she was at risk of losing him. Mosser, 26, is one face of the [...]

By | 2017-08-21T15:22:52+00:00 August 21st, 2017|News|0 Comments

Trump Declares Opioid Crisis National Emergency

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump threw the weight of the White House behind the fight against the opioid crisis Thursday and declared it a national emergency. "The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially, right now, it is an emergency," Trump said at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. "It’s a national [...]

By | 2017-08-14T11:22:48+00:00 August 14th, 2017|News|0 Comments

New Center for Behavioral Health Sciences Seeks to Address Opioid Crisis

The explosion of opioid addiction over the last two decades has taken the lives of many individuals, devastated families and neighborhoods, and put significant strain on the U.S. health and criminal justice systems. A new research center established by Cleveland State University will bring together expertise in social work, psychology, public health, education and urban [...]

By | 2017-08-14T09:32:02+00:00 August 14th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Heroin deaths continue to climb, Ohio named ‘ground zero’

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 and brand new numbers show deaths continue to climb, despite constant efforts to cap the opioid epidemic. There are so many prongs to the problem and the reach is so wide. While the state has committed to fighting overdoses [...]

By | 2017-08-10T19:26:58+00:00 August 10th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Columbine victim talks about the shooting, opioids and overcoming addiction

STEAMBOAT SRINGS, Colo. - "For me, this is just where I find peace." High in the mountains, among the most beautiful parts of our country is a place Austin Eubanks was afraid to return to. "I grew up bass fishing in rural Oklahoma." Fishing was his lifestyle. One he loved to share with others. "I [...]

By | 2017-08-08T12:41:23+00:00 August 8th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Short Answers to Hard Questions About the Opioid Crisis

By JOSH KATZ   This week, President Trump’s commission on combating the opioid crisis, led by Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, recommended that the president declare a national emergency. The problem has become significantly worse recently, so you might feel that you could use a little catching up. Here are 11 things you need to know. See [...]

By | 2017-08-06T09:55:20+00:00 August 6th, 2017|News|0 Comments