Each October, communities and schools nationwide participate in Red Ribbon Week, encouraging participation in youth drug prevention activities. Watch this special video from Google Earth to learn more about the week’s inspiration, the sacrifice of fallen DEA Special Agent “Kiki” Camarena.
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - More than a dozen new billboards in Cleveland are catching the attention of drivers. They feature snacks like pretzels or nuts, but their message on drugs is serious. “If these contain fentanyl, would you eat it? They don’t. Your cocaine might.” The billboards warn cocaine users that fentanyl could be in their next batch. Overdose deaths are going up with this deadly opioid mixture. Most cocaine users don't even know the painkiller fentanyl is mixed in, and it can be a deadly mistake. The people behind these billboards are trying to change that. Campaign designed to [...]
CLEVELAND — A new ad campaign targeted at drug users hopes to stop the rising number of deadly opioid overdoses from people who have ingested fentanyl-laced cocaine. Cuyahoga County is ground zero for a string of deaths involving cocaine and fentanyl. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, nearly 60% of overdoses deaths can be contributed to cocaine or cocaine infused with fentanyl. The ad campaign hopes to lower that number by using more than a dozen standard, as well as digital billboards that feature photos of everyday food items such as donuts, bottled water, pretzels or trail mix and the [...]
Johnson & Johnson reaches $20 million deal with Cuyahoga, Summit counties to settle opioid lawsuits weeks before trial
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Johnson & Johnson has reached a deal worth more than $20 million to settle its portions of Cuyahoga and Summit counties’ opioid lawsuits ahead of a trial set to begin later this month in a federal courtroom in Cleveland. The large New Jersey-based health-care company announced Tuesday that it will pay a combined $10 million to both counties and another $5 million to cover for their legal expenses for trial preparation. It will also donate $5.4 million to nonprofits in connection with opioid-related programs in both counties. The agreement resolves both counties’ claims against Johnson & Johnson [...]
COLUMBUS — An Ohio county coroner has issued an alert after 10 overdose deaths were reported within 26 hours. The Franklin County Coroner's Office posted on Facebook on Sunday, calling the number of overdoses "unusually high" for that period. Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the county coroner, says residents with family or friends at risk for overdoses should have the antidote Naloxone available for them. In July, Ortiz reported Franklin County saw nine overdose deaths in 48 hours. She adds that fentanyl can be mixed with cocaine and methamphetamine. Other county officials, including the Montgomery County Coroner, have also warned about the [...]
Join us for food, fun, and fellowship. Canoeing, high and low ropes courses, hiking, campfires, and lots of recovery activities. October 11 - 13, 2019 About this Event WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Those who are continuing their journey with recovery and want to be a part of a great community with professional support from a helpful, caring, licensed staff. The retreat will focus on bringing together those in recovery so that they can build connections that may help them on their journey. Anyone currently in recovery, as well as family and friends supportive of their efforts, are invited to attend. LOCATION: [...]