Methamphetamine’s prevalence increased last year in Cuyahoga County, medical examiner says

CLEVELAND, Ohio - The prevalence of methamphetamine increased last year in Cuyahoga County, but the medical examiner's office is not seeing an increase in deaths caused by the drug, officials said. Cuyahoga County is not immune to a recent resurgence of the powerful stimulant across the nation. Law enforcement officers are seizing the drug - [...]

By | 2018-02-14T20:52:43+00:00 February 14th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Herbal supplement kratom contains opioids, regulators say

U.S. health authorities say an herbal supplement promoted as an alternative pain remedy contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national addiction crisis. The Food and Drug Administration analysis, published Tuesday, makes it more likely that the supplement, kratom, could be banned by the federal [...]

By | 2018-02-12T11:41:49+00:00 February 12th, 2018|News|0 Comments

OxyContin maker says it will no longer market opioid to doctors

Watch the latest video at In a surprise reversal, the maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said Saturday that it will stop promoting opioid drugs to doctors. Manufacturer Purdue bowed to a key demand of lawsuits that blame the Connecticut-based company for helping trigger the opioid epidemic. The company's statement said it eliminated more [...]

By | 2018-02-12T11:28:02+00:00 February 12th, 2018|News|0 Comments

West Virginia calls in National Guard to tackle opioid crisis

Watch the latest video at People expect to see the Army National Guard during disasters. In Huntington, W.Va., the guard has been called in to help tackle the opioid crisis — which the governor has described as a disaster. “We have to stop this terrible drug epidemic,” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said. “We have [...]

By | 2018-02-12T08:26:02+00:00 February 12th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Stark County Sheriff’s Office seizes $100,000 worth of heroin, carfentanil

PLAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- The Stark County Sheriff's Office seized several ounces of powerful opioids and charged a man with drug possession Thursday, authorities said. Victor Lynn Waiters, 44, was charged with possession of heroin, weapons under disability, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, sheriff officials said in a news release. Deputies found [...]

By | 2018-01-05T09:21:08+00:00 January 5th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Ohio Congress members seek federal money to fight opioid abuse

WASHINGTON - Weeks after President Donald Trump officially declared opioid abuse to be a national public health emergency, a bipartisan group of Congress members from Ohio wants him to put the government's money where his mouth is. On Monday, Republican Rep. Dave Joyce of Bainbridge Township and Democrat Tim Ryan of the Niles area released [...]

By | 2017-12-12T21:14:38+00:00 December 12th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Opioid crisis strains foster system as kids pried from homes

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The case arrives with all the routine of a traffic citation: A baby boy, just 4 days old and exposed to heroin in his mother’s womb, is shuddering through withdrawal in intensive care, his fate now here in a shabby courthouse that hosts a parade of human misery. The parents nod off [...]

By | 2017-12-12T21:08:12+00:00 December 12th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Opioids: The Mother Who Knew Everything and Saw Nothing

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M.— Joline Gutierrez Krueger was with her youngest son at the dentist when Devin, her oldest, called to remind her to buy cat litter. “Love you,” he said, before hanging up. It was March 8, a day that would split her life into before and after. Ms. Krueger, 60 years old, was a [...]

By | 2017-12-11T10:26:58+00:00 December 11th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Emerald Jenny Foundation helps addicts, families connect with nearby resources

CLEVELAND - Sitting in the kitchen at their home in Bay Village, going through their photo album, Bill and Susan Ayars reminisce about their daughter. “I think the biggest thing about Jennifer, was her laugh,” Mr. Ayars said. But in high school, their daughter Jennifer Ayars’ life began to spiral. “It started before I even [...]

By | 2017-12-08T09:33:03+00:00 December 8th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Cuyahoga County overdose deaths predicted to jump 25 percent in 2017, could be as high as 850 deaths

CLEVELAND, Ohio-- Overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County are predicted to hit at least 825 in 2017, a 25 percent increase from the year before, according to the county medical examiner's office. And the death toll could be as high as 850. "The problem is not getting better," County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson said at a [...]

By | 2017-12-04T12:50:14+00:00 December 4th, 2017|News|0 Comments