210, 2019

Johnson & Johnson reaches $20 million deal with Cuyahoga, Summit counties to settle opioid lawsuits weeks before trial

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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 [...]

210, 2019

Franklin County coroner issues alert after 10 fatal overdoses in 26 hours

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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 [...]

2009, 2019

Weekend Retreat for Recoverees & Advocates: October 11-13

By |September 20th, 2019|Categories: Upcoming Event|Comments Off on Weekend Retreat for Recoverees & Advocates: October 11-13

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: [...]

209, 2019

‘Unfathomable’: How 1.6 million pills from a small-town doctor helped fuel the opioid crisis in Ohio

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Margaret Temponeras started her medical career in a small town as a family doctor. She ended it a felon, a rogue physician who authorities say fanned Ohio’s opioid epidemic with a prescription pad. From 2006 through 2012, Temponeras ordered more than 1.6 million pills of hydrocodone and oxycodone from her offices in the tiny town of Wheelersburg, along the banks of the Ohio River. That was more than any other medical practitioner in the state and more than some pharmacies. The drug distributor that supplied her kept shipping pills, despite her ever-increasing orders. Eight of her patients [...]

2108, 2019

Six die in suspected fentanyl overdoses in 24 hours in Cuyahoga County

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Six people died of suspected fentanyl overdoes over a 24-hour period Tuesday in Cuyahoga County, the medical examiner said. The six are among at least 10 suspected fentanyl overdose deaths over the last three days, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson said in a news release. The deaths include five men and five women between the ages of 31 and 69. Tests are still being performed to determine official causes of death, Gilson said. “We are seeing another cluster of apparent overdose deaths,” Gilson said in the news release. “Our recent experience indicates that this is [...]

2905, 2019

Medical Examiner: 8 Overdose Deaths Over Memorial Day Weekend

By |May 29th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

18 Overdose Deaths Since May 20th CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson, today issued a public health alert – the second alert in less than a week, stating that Cuyahoga County has suffered 8 suspected overdose deaths over the Memorial Day Weekend. At least 18 overdose deaths have occurred since May 20th. Fentanyl is likely to blame for the recent rash of overdose deaths. “I’m deeply concerned about the number of overdose fatalities we’ve seen within the past week. Additionally, we are seeing a high percentage of African American victims — 50 percent.” said Dr. Thomas Gilson. [...]