Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office seeks $200k budget increase due to overdose epidemic

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office is asking county council for additional funds to support a rising caseload driven by a spike in heroin and fentanyl deaths. Cuyahoga County Council members will vote Tuesday on whether to approve a $200,000 transfer from the general fund to the medical examiner's office, which has [...]

By | 2017-04-23T12:29:42+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Northeast Ohio clergy devoting sermons to heroin epidemic

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- More than 550 religious leaders of many faiths will bring the problem of heroin to their Northeast Ohio congregations on Saturday and Sunday. They have all agreed to devote their sermons to raising awareness about the heroin epidemic gripping the area, with the goals of destigmatizing addiction, pointing congregation members to resources for [...]

By | 2017-04-20T19:24:34+00:00 April 20th, 2017|News|0 Comments

You Draw It: Just How Bad Is the Drug Overdose Epidemic?

By JOSH KATZ APRIL 14, 2017 How does the surge in drug overdoses compare with other causes of death in the U.S.? Draw your guesses on the charts below. Since 1990, the number of Americans who have died every year from car accidents... Click here to do the interactive chart and see how well you [...]

By | 2017-04-17T15:22:20+00:00 April 17th, 2017|News|0 Comments

YMCA to add 80 beds for opiate addicts to its Y-Haven recovery housing program with Cleveland Foundation grant

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- In the past year, Dutch Pope, a 39-year-old recovering heroin addict, has watched opiate addiction claim the lives of three people he loved. Two of his friends and fellow residents at Y-Haven, a recovery housing program for homeless men with addiction at the Carl B. Stokes human services building on Woodland Avenue, [...]

By | 2017-04-17T13:40:59+00:00 April 17th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Lake County high school students organize event to discuss heroin epidemic

PAINESVILLE, Ohio - Harvey High School in Painesville and Perry High School teamed up to hold a candlelight vigil Saturday night to remember those whose lives were lost to heroin.  Students handed out purple awareness ribbons and wristbands. Recovery services were on hand to answer questions about addiction and how to get loved ones into [...]

By | 2017-04-10T11:52:57+00:00 April 10th, 2017|News, Upcoming Event|0 Comments

Diocese of Cleveland expands treatment center in Parma

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland, has expanded the number of chemical dependency and addiction residential treatment beds it operates for men by 16, increasing the total number of male resident treatment beds to 81. The increase of treatment beds at the Catholic Charities Matt Talbot Inn facility in Parma is in response to the epidemic [...]

By | 2017-04-06T09:30:21+00:00 April 6th, 2017|News|0 Comments

“Know the Risks” campaign is critical in fighting Northeast Ohio’s opioid epidemic

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Officials kicked off an expansive awareness campaign on the risks of prescription opioid abuse Wednesday, and touted it as a critical component in the fight against a heroin and fentanyl epidemic that has claimed thousands of lives in Cuyahoga County. The "Know the Risks" campaign is a collaborative effort among local agencies [...]

By | 2017-04-06T09:24:55+00:00 April 6th, 2017|News|0 Comments

How the opioid epidemic became America’s worst drug crisis ever, in 15 maps and charts

Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than HIV/AIDS did at its peak. These maps and charts tell the story. America is in the middle of its deadliest drug crisis ever. With all the other news going on, it can be easy to lose track of this fact. But it’s true: In 2015, more than 52,000 [...]

By | 2017-03-31T15:04:56+00:00 March 31st, 2017|News|0 Comments

New Ohio rules limit some opioid prescriptions to 7-day supplies

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio doctors, dentists and other health professionals will be able to prescribe only up to seven days of painkillers for adults and five days for kids and teens under new rules announced Thursday. The limits apply to acute pain patients, with exceptions for cancer, hospice or medication-assisted addiction patients. Prescribers can override [...]

By | 2017-03-31T14:14:23+00:00 March 31st, 2017|News|0 Comments

Heroin use, addiction up sharply among US whites, study finds

Original article from A man injects himself with heroin using a needle obtained from the People's Harm Reduction Alliance, the nation's largest needle-exchange program, in Seattle  (Reuters) NEW YORK –  Heroin use in the United States has risen five-fold in the past decade and dependence on the drug has more than tripled, with the [...]

By | 2017-03-30T09:29:10+00:00 March 30th, 2017|News|0 Comments