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U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur: $1.5 million in opioid-focused awards

Originally Published in The Morning Journal | Full Story Link Here September 23, 2018 U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, an Ohio Democrat, announced Sept. 20 $1.5 million in funding to fight the opioid crisis, according to a news release. The Erie County Department of Health and Firelands Regional Health System each received a $250,000 Rural Health Opioid…

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Students Whose Families Are In The Grips Of The Opioid Epidemic Get Help At School

Originally Published in NPR | Full Story Link Here September 23, 2018 On Cape Cod in Massachusetts, school districts are using addiction counselors to help kids and their teachers cope with the chaos and trauma of the opioid epidemic. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: And in Massachusetts, drug deaths are down slightly for the first time in years.…

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Elyria police add second program to combat drug addiction

Originally Published in The Chronicle | Full Story Link Here Sept. 20, 2018 ELYRIA — Elyria police have launched a second program to help drug addicts and their families to resources that could help them. Elyria police piloted its Quick Response Team program May through July and have since made it a permanent program. On Wednesday,…

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Fight Drug Abuse, Don’t Subsidize It

Originally Published in New York Times | Full Story Link Here August 27, 2018 Almost 64,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2016, a shocking 54 percent increase since 2012. Dangerous opioids such as heroin and fentanyl contributed to two-thirds of the deaths. This killer knows no geographic, socioeconomic or age limits. It strikes city…

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How the Smallest State is Defeating America’s Biggest Addiction Crisis

Originally Published in Politico | Full Story Link Here August 25, 2018 CRANSTON, R.I. — By the time police caught Paul Roussell with heroin last summer, the 58-year-old lobster fisherman had been addicted to the drug for almost 10 years. He’d gone from sniffing two bags of heroin a day to 10, then as many as…

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States Show the Way on the Opioid Epidemic

Originally Published in New York Times | Full Story Link Here August 24, 2018 The opioid epidemic is far from contained — the national death toll from drug overdoses climbed to a record high last year. But some states and cities are bucking the trend and showing how governments can get a grip on the worst drug…

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CDC Awards $28.6M for Big Data Analytics to Track Opioid Abuse

Originally Published in HealthIT Analytics | Full Story Link Here September 06, 2017 “This sort of data analytics team can tell us important information about prescription opioids—like which physicians are writing opioid prescriptions at a rate that far exceeds their peers; how many of a doctor’s patients died within 60 days of an opioid prescription;…

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Now Hiring: A Company Offers Drug Treatment And A Job To Addicted Applicants

Originally Published in NPR | Full Story Link Here July 27, 2018 It’s hard enough for employers to find workers to fill open jobs these days, but on top of it, many prospective hires are failing drug tests. The Belden electric wire factory in Richmond, Ind., is taking a novel approach to both problems: It now…

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The Daily: How the Opioid Crisis Started (NY Times)

Originally Published in the NY Times | Full Story Link Here JULY 5, 2018 Prosecutors, seeking to hold someone accountable for the opioid epidemic, have been targeting doctors, dealers and users themselves. But those who made billions of dollars from sales of OxyContin, a painkiller at the center of the crisis, have gone largely unpunished.…

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Lorain County employers consider addiction in workplace

By Richard Payerchin, The Morning Journal 05/30/18, 8:22 PM EDT There are a number of practical steps business owners and managers can use to help workers battling addiction to opioids, said a leader of the National Safety Council. Jane Terry, senior director for government affairs for the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit, spoke May 30 in Lorain…

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Lorain County coalition is best effort to fight opioid crisis | Editorial

EDITORIAL | 01/27/18, 11:58 AM EST The new collaborative effort that aims to assist Lorain County’s efforts to fight the heroin epidemic is welcome news to the community that has been so struck so hard by this crisis. Three Lorain County foundations — The Nord Family Foundation, the Community Foundation of Lorain County and the…

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Opioid addiction takes center stage in annual county school superintendent summit

By Lisa Roberson  | The Chronicle-Telegram Published on May 16, 2018 ELYRIA — Lorain County’s education community took a step toward being more involved in the conversation surrounding the opioid epidemic by dedicating this year’s Superintendents’ Summit to the topic. In years prior, the summit was where the county’s 15 district leaders collectively met through…