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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

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