AKRON, Ohio - "All Adam wanted was a normal life, free from the chains of addiction." Unfortunately, the 25-year-old from Akron died way too soon. As the nation deals with an opioid epidemic, Adam Bear's family is sharing his story to inform people about the resources available to those who are addicted to drugs. In his obituary, his mother wrote: Adam enjoyed going to the gym, snowboarding, four wheeling, jet skiing, bonfires on the beach, reading – especially Harry Potter – and will always be remembered for his charming personality, disarming good looks and welcoming smile. Unfortunately, he will also [...]
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Greater Cleveland Drug Court coordinator Dr. Daryl D. Jackson told a crowd of some 200 people Wednesday about the difference in how American society compares crack-cocaine addiction to heroin and opioid addiction. "When you see individuals who are addicted to crack cocaine, they are often viewed as nasty, gutter, low-level individuals" he said. "When you see someone who could possibly be addicted to heroin, they are seen as 'it's a disease, it's a mental health illness, it's a sickness.' So often individuals are looked at different because of their drug of choice." Jackson was one of [...]
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The opioid epidemic that claimed 33,000 lives nationwide in 2015 may actually be worse than thought, says a report by CNN.com. That determination is based on findings by researchers lead by Dr. Victoria Hall, a field officer with the Centers for Disease Control in Minnesota. Earlier this month, officials in Cuyahoga County, working with cleveland.com and several others kicked off an opioid awareness campaign called "Know the Risks." The package included multiple stories that ran the gamut on opioid concerns from knowing the warning signs of addiction to how we got in this predicament. Are you at [...]
On ‘Awareness Weekend’ hundreds of pastors and faith leaders across our region will be preaching and teaching on the heroin crisis and how we as a faith community can respond and help our brothers and sisters in need. As a follow up, we will be recapping our efforts thus far and have a few keynote speakers present on how you, as a faith leader, can respond to this crisis in our faith community and what resources are available to you.
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 seen a 27 percent increase in cases in the first quarter of 2017 compared with the same period last year, according to the council's agenda. The money could be used to hire an additional pathologist. All but two of the office's current pathologists are on pace [...]
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 help and giving them a simple step they can take immediately to fight prescription drug use close to home: They will encourage members to turn in any unused prescription medications as part of the National Drug Take Back sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice [...]