Ohio Opioid Addiction Crisis Fueled by Cardinal Health Distribution of a Billion Pills in Eight Years

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Bottles of prescription pills that contributed to the opioid crisis

Opioid addiction is a challenging condition that impacts people across the United States. Opioid addiction in Ohio may have been enhanced by the influx of large numbers of opioid pills. Some state officials who are addressing Ohio opioid addiction have laid some blame on Cardinal Health, a pharmaceutical company that manufactured nearly a billion opioid … Read More

Narcan To Be Carried on Delta Flights After Passenger Opiate Overdose

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A Delta airlines flight gets ready for takeoff with Narcan on board

Airlines are among the most recent American institutions to be impacted by the opioid epidemic more significantly than ever before, triggering significant changes. Delta recently announced plans to carry Narcan on flights after a passenger died of an opiate overdose while in transit. Following the tragedy, most were left wondering if a Narcan dose could … Read More

Infants in Miami Valley Fighting Drug Withdrawals

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A baby born in Miami Valley, Ohio born with a drug addiction curls up

In Ohio, some are calling for stricter penalties for people who sell drugs to pregnant women. According to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, 80% of women in the county jail are on drugs and are attempting to stop using them. In Butler County alone, there were two women with drug addictions who gave birth in … Read More

Medicine in Jail to Help Inmates with Addiction

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Inmates in Ohio with drug addictions ready to receive help being sober

Health care providers at Hamilton County Jail in Ohio are working to help inmates stop using drugs through the administration of certain medications. A recent story in U.S. News & World Report highlighted the efforts of Hamilton County staff members to help people currently incarcerated stop using opioids and prevent future relapse. Fifty-two inmates in … Read More

Nearly 800,000 Marijuana Criminal Records to Be Expunged in Illinois

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Handcuffs on top of paperwork from drug arrests in Illinois to be expunged

Illinois recently became the 11th state in the United States to legalize recreational marijuana sales and use. In the state, advocates for cannabis have been working to ensure social justice measures were included in the legislation. Illinois, with its more than 12 million residents, is the second-most populous state to legalize recreational cannabis use, only … Read More

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Drops Coverage of OxyContin

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a bottle of opioid pills spilling out of a bottle due to a person with an addiction

As of June 1, 2019, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will not fund the prescription medication OxyContin, and its generic equivalent oxycodone, for injured workers. Workers who are part of this organization will have no compensation for this drug starting on December 31, 2019. Ohio Governor Mark DeWine explicitly cited the nationwide opioid drug … Read More

County in Ohio Offers Free Fentanyl Test Strips To Decrease Overdoses

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Fentanyl testing strips in Cuyahoga County to help fight overdoses

Public health officials in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, are encouraging people to pick up free test strips to test their recreational drugs for the presence of fentanyl. The easy-to-use test strips are available at healthcare centers throughout the county. Fentanyl is a deadly opioid drug that is 100 times more potent than morphine. Fentanyl is sometimes … Read More

Michigan Offers Free Nicotine Patches and Gum

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Nicotine gum outside of a wrapper to help addicts in Michigan

Michigan residents, young residents, in particular, have higher smoking rates than many other states in the nation. According to the Truth Initiative, in 2016, 20.4% of Michigan adults smoked cigarettes, compared to the national rate of 17.1%. In 2017, 10.5% of high school students said they smoked cigarettes at least one day in the past … Read More

Ohio Turns to Addiction Treatment Over Incarceration

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The House of Ohio after voting for treatment instead of incarceration for drug users

A significant amount of people incarcerated in the United States are convicted for drug-related offenses. Since the 1980s, the number of people incarcerated for drug-related offenses in the United States rose from 40,900 in 1980 to 452,964 in 2017. According to the Department of Corrections, drug abuse is responsible for the greatest group of conviction … Read More