High Schools Get Frank With Teens on Heroin Epidemic

Original article from U.S. News While heroin use among high schoolers has declined to historical lows, use of the drug among young adults ages 18 to 25 has more than doubled since 2002, according to federal data. But some high schools are taking proactive measures to educate teens on the dangers of heroin and prescription [...]

By | 2017-03-29T11:32:41+00:00 January 10th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Gov. John Kasich signs opioid abuse prevention bill

Original article from COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday signed a bill tightening restrictions on prescription opioids and making addiction treatment easier to obtain. Kasich praised the law as the next step in his administration's efforts against a nationwide opioid abuse epidemic where Ohio leads the nation in overdose deaths. The new law -- [...]

By | 2017-03-29T11:32:41+00:00 January 5th, 2017|News|0 Comments

As opioid epidemic worsens, the cost of waking up from an overdose soars

Original article and images from Taylor Kay was driving on Interstate 290, heading east near Chicago, when a car veered across lanes of traffic into the highway median. "I thought, 'Something is wrong,'" the 26-year-old said. "So I get out of my car, and I see he's overdosing, with a needle still in his [...]

By | 2017-03-29T11:32:42+00:00 January 4th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Heroin, fentanyl kills 42 in Cuyahoga County in November, medical examiner says

Original Article from CLEVELAND, Ohio -- At least 42 people died after overdosing on heroin, fentanyl or a combination of the two last month in Cuyahoga County, the medical examiner's office said. The county has now seen more than 500 people die of overdoses in 2016, more than double the 228 who died in [...]

By | 2017-03-29T11:32:43+00:00 December 14th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Heroin’s human toll: A month in the life of a Lyndhurst addict fighting to live

Original article from CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Bryan Smith's mother forced him into rehab at the age of 15 when she discovered that he smoked marijuana. That was not the drug that would put him on the path to heroin addiction. That drug was a muscle relaxer prescribed to him that same year by his [...]

By | 2017-03-29T11:32:43+00:00 December 6th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Treatment operator talks setting up in Brunswick

Original article can be found at the Medina Gazette. Jose Flores, a case management supervisor for Fortaleza Treatment Centers, which deals with opiate addition, said his job at times is “very gratifying.” Flores, who spoke at the Medina County commissioners meeting Tuesday, recalled a conversation he had with one of Fortaleza’s clients. “She told me [...]

By | 2017-03-29T11:32:43+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|News|0 Comments

Medical State of Emergency Petition

via Greater Cincinnati Heroin Awareness Groups To see and sign the petition, click here.   "We call on OHIO GOVERNOR KASICH to declare a medical state of emergency to aid people trying to get into detox and substance abuse treatment programs for heroin and opium use.  Why? Because a declaration of a "state of [...]

By | 2016-10-07T10:30:47+00:00 October 7th, 2016|News|1 Comment

Summit Alcohol, Drug, Mental Health Board to add 20 new treatment beds for opiate addiction

AKRON, Ohio – Beginning Oct. 1, the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board will add 20 residential treatment beds for males with opiate or heroin addiction at the IBH Addiction Recovery Center in the Portage Lakes. The ADM board of directors recently approved $3.2 million to address the county's alarming [...]

By | 2017-03-29T11:32:43+00:00 September 14th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Carfentanil’s new wave of drug overdoses: Editorial Board Roundtable

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson calls it a "clear and present danger." The Washington Post, casting Ohio as ground zero for the drug in the United States, says a tiny dose a fraction of the weight of a paper clip could send 500 people to the morgue. It's been showing up in Columbus, Cincinnati and maybe [...]

By | 2017-03-29T11:32:43+00:00 September 8th, 2016|News|0 Comments