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1212, 2017

Ohio Congress members seek federal money to fight opioid abuse

By | December 12th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

WASHINGTON - Weeks after President Donald Trump officially declared opioid abuse to be a national public health emergency, a bipartisan group of Congress members from Ohio wants him to put the government's money where his mouth is. On Monday, Republican Rep. Dave Joyce of Bainbridge Township and Democrat Tim Ryan of the Niles area released a letter signed by 48 colleagues that urged the Trump administration to allot money to address a problem that kills an estimated 144 Americans every day. The group would like to see the funds included in a spending bill that Congress must pass by the [...]

1212, 2017

Opioid crisis strains foster system as kids pried from homes

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The case arrives with all the routine of a traffic citation: A baby boy, just 4 days old and exposed to heroin in his mother’s womb, is shuddering through withdrawal in intensive care, his fate now here in a shabby courthouse that hosts a parade of human misery. The parents nod off as Judge Marilyn Moores explains the legal process, and tests arrive back showing both continue to use heroin. The judge briefly chastises, a grandmother sobs, and by the time the hearing is over, yet another child is left in the arms of strangers because of [...]

1112, 2017

Opioids: The Mother Who Knew Everything and Saw Nothing

By | December 11th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M.— Joline Gutierrez Krueger was with her youngest son at the dentist when Devin, her oldest, called to remind her to buy cat litter. “Love you,” he said, before hanging up. It was March 8, a day that would split her life into before and after. Ms. Krueger, 60 years old, was a single mother who rode the ups and downs of raising six children yet had much to be grateful for: a house, a family and a career as a columnist for New Mexico’s largest newspaper. About 45 minutes after Devin called, the phone rang again. Ms. [...]

812, 2017

Emerald Jenny Foundation helps addicts, families connect with nearby resources

By | December 8th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

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 wanted to admit it,” said Ayars. After several attempts at sobriety, her addiction took over, and last year, at age 28, she passed away from a mixture of cocaine and fentanyl. “You know I get angry and now, I’ve learned so much trying to separate [...]

412, 2017

Cuyahoga County overdose deaths predicted to jump 25 percent in 2017, could be as high as 850 deaths

By | December 4th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

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 meeting this week to promote the rollout of Take Charge Ohio, a statewide ad campaign designed to reduce opioid prescriptions. "And from our discussions with other coroners across the state, it's not getting better in their communities either." Last year 666 people in the county died [...]

412, 2017

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

By | December 4th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

(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. “We continue to see more cases of fentanyl, fentanyl related compounds, and carfentanil in our crime lab, and the drug submissions by law enforcement are increasingly more complex and deadly,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. So far in 2017, the number of confirmed carfentanil [...]