Factory Workers Press for Opioid Treatment From Employers

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In an attempt to secure better treatment for their members’ substance use disorders, the United Automobiles Workers union (UAW) is asking automotive companies to help their factory workers. Many of the union’s 400,000 members have felt the effects of addiction ⁠— either directly or through someone they know. Because of the rising problem, the UAW … Read More

Opioid Epidemic Makes It Harder to Get Needed Pet Prescriptions

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The National opioid epidemic is responsible for turning the lives of people with opioid addictions and the lives of their families upside down. Due to recent laws, furry family members may start to be affected by the changes in legislation regarding prescription opioids.  States across the US have started to implement legislation that makes it … Read More

Ohio Launches Its First Recovery High School

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In the summer of 2019, the class bells at Ohio’s new recovery high school rang for the first time. Heariktland High School may be the first of its kind in the state but it’s not alone. It joins a growing number of recovery high schools that exist throughout the nation. Located in Columbus, Heartland provides … Read More

New Treatment Options for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ohio Clients

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The Recovery Village Columbus is now an in-network provider with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ohio, expanding coverage and access to rehab resources to more people in need. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Ohio ranked second in the nation for opioid-related overdose deaths in 2017. Access to treatment options is … Read More

Columbus Police to Help Sex Trafficking Victims

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Law enforcement sits with a human trafficking victim to discuss how to help

Police in Columbus, Ohio, are being trained to approach sex trafficking victims in a different way. A new vice unit is being mobilized and empowered using the Police And Community Together Team (PACT). Part of this training includes working with prostitutes or other sex workers in a way that is mindful of the dynamics of … Read More

Meth Addiction Replaces Opioids in West Virginia Town

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Community leaders in Clarksburg, West Virginia, are facing an unexpected fallout from the opioid crisis: an increase in meth addiction. The West Virginia drug problem is transitioning as access to opioids decreases. Methamphetamine effects are different from the slow, physical decline represented by opioid abuse. Meth addiction and abuse can lead to: Blood pressure and … Read More

Ohio Puts Stop to Teen Vaping, Raises Nicotine Purchase Age to 21

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Earlier this year, the Ohio governor Mike DeWine announced his plan to raise the age of legal tobacco purchase to 21. This action is, in large part, a response to the rise of teen vaping that has been grabbing national headlines.  Ohio is not alone. Concerns about the increase of smoking and vaping among young … Read More

Recovering Addict Encourages Missouri Schools to Keep Narcan Onsite

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A community member in Missouri suggests that public schools should keep Narcan on school premises in the event of an opioid overdose. Eric Moffitt is a citizen of Springfield, Missouri who describes himself as being in long-term recovery for opioid addiction. Narcan is a nasal spray that can be administered to someone who has overdosed … Read More

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 distributed 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