Local and national stories about the epidemic.


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…


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…


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…


Lorain County schools joining fight against heroin addiction, superintendents say

By Richard Payerchin, The Morning Journal 05/15/18, 2:48 PM EDT Lorain County’s school leaders say they are lining up with health and safety agencies to fight the opioid epidemic. On May 15, local superintendents talked about heroin addiction and how the problem affects students as they try to learn their reading, writing and arithmetic. The…


Countywide initiative to fight opioid epidemic

By Lisa Roberson  | The Chronicle-Telegram Published on Jan. 26, 2018 Lorain County has declared its own war on drugs, putting the widespread opioid epidemic in its sights and lining up some heavy hitters to take aim. Thursday evening, three powerhouse philanthropic foundations announced they are joining forces to spearhead a community coalition aimed at…


Coalition takes aim at opioid addiction crisis in Lorain County

By Richard Payerchin, The Morning Journal | 01/25/2018 Dr. Don Sheldon, former University Hospitals regional president and president of University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, serves as keynote speaker during the announcement of the Philanthropic and Community Coalition to End the Opioid Epidemic, Jan. 25, 2018. Sheldon said the epidemic plaguing Lorain County is “not a…