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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

Health-care experts from across the country to meet in Cleveland to tackle opioid crisis

CLEVELAND, Ohio - National experts in health care, government, community organizations and foundations plan to convene in Cleveland to choose an issue related to the opioid crisis, such as opioid-dependent babies, then gather data and define a solution. More than 70 of the experts gathered privately on Monday at the Global Center for Health Innovation to [...]

By | 2018-03-28T20:50:51+00:00 March 28th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Cleveland becomes first Jewish community in the country to break silence on deadly opioid addiction

CLEVELAND - Cleveland is now the first Jewish community in the country to break the silence around opioid misuse and addiction within the Jewish community. Out of the roughly 820 overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County in 2017, the Jewish Federation believes at least 50 of those people were from the Jewish community. Over this Shabbat [...]

By | 2018-03-19T18:41:02+00:00 March 19th, 2018|News|0 Comments

TIME Special Report: The Opioid Diaries

Photographer James Nachtwey traveled across America to capture the devastating toll of opioid addiction. The opioid crisis is the worst addiction epidemic in American history. Drug overdoses kill more than 64,000 people per year, and the nation’s life expectancy has fallen for two years in a row. But there is a key part of the [...]

By | 2018-03-18T18:57:07+00:00 March 18th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Cleveland ER doctors witnessed spike in opioid overdoses as CDC finds Ohio ER visits surged 28 percent

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland emergency room doctors saw a surge of patients suffering from suspected opioid overdoses in 2017, in a trend the Centers for Disease Control says suggests overdoses are on the rise in Ohio and in major metropolitan areas. The CDC study released last week found that the number of Ohio emergency department visits for [...]

By | 2018-03-14T15:40:50+00:00 March 14th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Opioid overdoses spiked 28 percent in Ohio last year, CDC says

WASHINGTON - Emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses spiked 30 percent nationwide from July 2016 through September 2017 with the most severe problems experienced in the Midwest, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Tuesday. The report compiled from emergency departments in 45 states found overdoses rose 109 percent in [...]

By | 2018-03-06T20:36:49+00:00 March 6th, 2018|News|0 Comments

These 10 ERs Sharply Reduced Opioid Use And Still Eased Pain

One of the most common reasons patients head to an emergency room is pain. In response, doctors may try something simple at first, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. And, at least up until recently, if that isn't effective, the second line of attack has been the big guns. "Percocet or Vicodin," says Dr. Peter Bakes, an [...]

By | 2018-03-05T11:56:29+00:00 March 5th, 2018|News|0 Comments