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Cleveland police’s specialized opioid unit now a national model

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Scott Moran spent the last three years rushing out of the door as part of Cleveland police department's specialized unit that responds to each opioid overdose in the city. The veteran narcotics detective, who is part of a seven-man team called the Heroin Involved Death Investigation unit, uses a non-traditional approach to [...]

By | 2018-05-22T08:08:19+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|News|0 Comments

Have opioid deaths in Northeast Ohio finally crested? Evidence suggests yes

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The number of deaths attributed to heroin and other opioids dropped in recent months in what medical and law enforcement officials say is the first sign of optimism that the fight against the deadly opioid epidemic might be working. The decline comes after eight years where deaths climbed dramatically, caused by the [...]

By | 2018-05-21T20:20:57+00:00 May 21st, 2018|News|0 Comments

Authorities: 3 arrests helped save 1,500 lives after fentanyl pills were stamped to look like Oxycodone

SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — Three people from Summit County face charges after being caught with 1,500 fentanyl pills stamped to look like Oxycodone. Gerald Bowerman, 36, of Cuyahoga Falls; Emmett Nelson, 34, of Akron; and Cortney Williams, of Cuyahoga Falls, each face one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and one [...]

By | 2018-05-04T19:44:14+00:00 May 4th, 2018|News|0 Comments

After years of heroin addiction, Mayfield Heights man is now 11 months clean

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Between November 2016 and today, Bryan Smith gave up heroin and took it up again, only to put it down for what he hopes is the last time. He spent a couple of weeks in jail, started dating a woman, proposed to her, fathered a child and moved into his own apartment. Through [...]

By | 2018-04-30T12:11:30+00:00 April 30th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Life-saving overdose antidote Narcan should be available across northeast Ohio, but it’s not

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- In Ohio, a state hit hard by the heroin and fentanyl overdose epidemic, it should be easy to get the overdose-reversal drug, naloxone, at most pharmacies without a prescription. A 2015 law allows pharmacists across the state to use a standing order signed by a doctor to dispense the lifesaving medication, most [...]

By | 2018-04-30T07:46:15+00:00 April 30th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Greater than Heroin collaborates with National Drug Take Back Day to help fight addiction epidemic

Many communities and organizations are partnering with law enforcement agencies for National Drug Take Back Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28. The goal is to help reduce the amount of unneeded, unused and expired prescription drugs that often are found in homes. The program offers a way to properly dispose of these unwanted [...]

By | 2018-04-26T13:27:10+00:00 April 26th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Politicians need to take note of needles and ZIP codes in opioid crisis: Mark Naymik

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Aside from bodies in the morgue, there are no more important indicators of the scope of Northeast Ohio's opioid crisis than needles and ZIP codes. And nobody is closer to these telltales - and the people who fuel them - than Lisa Fair, Chico Lewis and Roger Lowe. Together, they run the [...]

By | 2018-04-26T13:21:20+00:00 April 26th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Dispose of unwanted medications April 28 – National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

CLEVELAND, Ohio - People who have unwanted or expired prescription medications are encouraged to dispose of them on Saturday, April 28 - National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The study shows [...]

By | 2018-04-25T12:57:39+00:00 April 25th, 2018|News, Upcoming Event|0 Comments

John Carroll University to offer certificate for substance-abuse counseling

University Heights, Ohio - John Carroll University is now offering a certificate program to train counselors to treat people who have substance-abuse disorders. The program is open to those who have an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree and are seeking to enter the field of counseling.  Due to the opioid epidemic, Ohio has a growing demand for [...]

By | 2018-04-17T09:38:07+00:00 April 17th, 2018|News, Upcoming Event|0 Comments

Ohio’s largest meth bust: 140 pounds of methamphetamine seized from warehouse in Summit County

BOSTON HEIGHTS, Ohio - Federal agents arrested two Mexican nationals and a Cleveland man after more than 140 pounds of methamphetamine was seized in Boston Heights — believed to be the largest seizure of meth in Ohio's history. Tyrone Rogers, 36, of Cleveland, Hector Manuel Ramos-Nevarez, 26, and Gilbert Treviso-Garcia, 24, both of Mexico, are [...]

By | 2018-04-03T15:56:16+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|News|0 Comments