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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

Drug Threat ‘Unprecedented’ According to National Forensic Group; Ohio’s Crime Lab Stats Mirror Trends

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Today Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Office released preliminary numbers of drug cases that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) has received to date in 2017. This follows the recent release by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) about the dangers of opioids and the severity of the opioid issue nationwide. [...]

By | 2017-12-04T10:01:11+00:00 December 4th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Emerald Jenny Foundation creates addiction treatment search tool

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Jennifer Emerald Ayars was gone in a matter of months. The 28-year-old, who grew up in Bay Village, returned home in September 2015 after working as a chef out of state. She was struggling with addiction. By the end of February, she had overdosed on a combination of fentanyl and cocaine, one [...]

By | 2017-12-04T09:55:02+00:00 December 4th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Families, children who have lost loved ones, parents to opioid epidemic gather for Thanksgiving

AKRON - Dozens of families who have lost loved ones to overdoses gathered in Akron Wednesday night to celebrate Thanksgiving early. Many of the attendees were children. "It destroys families completely," said Taylor Bornstein. "Making a difference for someone else is the biggest way to push through it." Bornstein helped organize the event, which was hosted [...]

By | 2017-11-27T13:54:42+00:00 November 27th, 2017|News|0 Comments

12 percent of Americans say a family member is addicted to opioids, new survey shows

NORWALK, OH - JULY 15: Derrick Slaughter (5) attends a march through the streets of Norwalk against the epidemic of heroin with his grandmother on July 14, 2017 in Norwalk, Ohio. Both of Derrick's parents are heroin addicts and he is now being raised by his grandparents. The day of action, called Hope Not [...]

By | 2017-11-20T09:55:04+00:00 November 20th, 2017|News|0 Comments

‘Together We Are Greater Than Heroin’ is message at church service

WESTLAKE, Ohio - The resounding message tonight at a special church service in Westlake was "Together We Are Greater Than Heroin." The service was dedicated to those who have died from drug overdoses and their loved ones that have been affected by the heartbreak of this senseless loss. Church on The Rise and Beyond The [...]

By | 2017-11-09T11:01:59+00:00 November 9th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Federal and Northeast Ohio agents bust huge coke-trafficking gang; 72 indicted for drug-related charges

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Federal agents and city police officers conducted a synchronized, predawn sweep of suspected drug dens and hideouts throughout East Side Cleveland neighborhoods Tuesday, arresting more than 60 members of what officials called a violent, multi-state cocaine-trafficking gang. (VISIT ORIGINAL POST TO VIEW GALLERY OF IMAGES) A 122-page, 97-count indictment filed later in [...]

By | 2017-11-08T12:54:47+00:00 November 8th, 2017|News|0 Comments

More than 35,000 pounds of prescription pills collected during Drug Take Back Day, officials say

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- More than 35,000 pounds of unwanted and unnecessary prescription pills were collected last month in Ohio during a federal initiative to decrease opioid addiction. Ohio residents turned in 35,797 pounds of prescription pills during the Oct. 28 Drug Take Back Day, the U.S. Attorney's Office Northern District of Ohio said in a [...]

By | 2017-11-08T12:48:30+00:00 November 8th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Ohio construction workers seven times more likely to die of an opioid overdose in 2016

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The carpenter framing a new home on your street. The ironworker erecting that massive office building downtown. The roofer hauling and laying shingle after shingle to repair a historic church. The road-crew worker filling potholes on the highway. Construction workers in Ohio were seven times more likely to die of an opioid [...]

By | 2017-11-06T07:55:07+00:00 November 6th, 2017|News|0 Comments