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2809, 2018

Drug deaths in Ohio increase to 4,854 in 2017: state report

By | September 28th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Gov. John Kasich, during a Thursday afternoon press conference at the Ohio Statehouse, says the perception of the drug abuse problem raging out of control is "simply not true." (Laura Hancock, cleveland.com) COLUMBUS, Ohio - Over 13 people died a day on average in Ohio due to drug overdoses last year, a new high as the state battles the opioid epidemic. Gov. John Kasich, who will leave office in January, played defense during a Thursday afternoon news conference where the death tally was announced, emphasizing the work he's accomplished to make some progress in the battle against the drugs - such as [...]

609, 2018

Ohio county reports 18 fatal overdoses in 1 week

By | September 6th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The coroner for the county that includes Ohio’s capital city is warning of a spike in overdose deaths and encouraging friends and family members of addicts to obtain an overdose antidote. Dr. Anahi Ortiz of Franklin County on Wednesday reported five overdose deaths in 24 hours in greater Columbus, for a total of 18 deaths in a week. Ortiz notes that the antidote drug naloxone is available from pharmacies without a prescription. Hundreds die annually in Ohio from heroin, fentanyl and painkiller overdoses. On Aug. 29, authorities say a mixture of heroin and fentanyl at an Ohio [...]

808, 2018

Recent spike in drug overdose deaths has Cuyahoga County on pace to match 2017’s record total

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A recent spike in fatal drug overdoses has Cuyahoga County officials concerned there could be as many drug-related deaths in 2018 as last year's record-setting total. Fourteen people died of drug overdoses during a recent five-day period from Aug. 2 to Aug. 6, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said in a statement. The uptick has Cuyahoga County on pace to match last year's total of 727 fatal drug overdoses. "This is a concerning trend. The county is working with our local and federal partners to analyze it and identify its source," Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas [...]

2507, 2018

Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data shows

By | July 25th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data shows Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history, according to CDC data released Thursday. That marks an increase of nearly 5,000 deaths from 2014. Deaths involving powerful synthetic opiates, like fentanyl, rose by nearly 75 percent from 2014 to 2015.   Heroin deaths spiked too, rising by more than 2,000 cases. For the first time since at least the late 1990s, there were more deaths due to heroin than to traditional opioid painkillers, like hydrocodone and oxycodone. "The epidemic of deaths [...]

1007, 2018

New opioid report finds evidence of pill mills and doctor shopping in Ohio

By | July 10th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - While Ohio has taken steps to crack down on over-prescription of  highly addictive opioids, a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found almost 50 health care providers around the state who prescribed the narcotics to at-risk Medicaid beneficiaries during a year-long period that ended in May 2017. A report released Tuesday by the HHS Inspector General's office also found nearly 5,000 Medicaid recipients in Ohio getting large amounts of the drugs without cancer or hospice care diagnoses. It found more than 700 who appeared to be in serious danger of misusing or overdosing [...]

907, 2018

Dr. Marc Siegel: The opioid crisis has a solution — Here it is

By | July 9th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

I recently attended a symposium examining how medical schools can prepare future doctors to deal with the continuing opioid crisis. I joined over 90 educators from 30 medical schools at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University to discuss devising a curriculum based on a successful model that Brown has created. The curriculum on opioids is designed to accomplish two objectives: A Message from MEDC Find out how PlanetM’s connections can become your connections. If you’re a tech or mobility startup, we want to introduce you to dozens of auto companies with headquarters in Michigan. First, teaching medical students [...]