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Trump Renews Opioid Emergency: Democrats Want More Funding For Crisis

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The Trump administration has extended its public health emergency on the opioid crisis. The move came just days before the original declaration signed in October was set to expire. Acting Health And Human Services Secretary Eric Hargan signed an order Friday to extend the public health emergency for another 90 days. In a post on the agency’s… Read More

Survey Finds Teen Use Of Opioids Declining

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A survey produced by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found a rare bit of good news about the opioid crisis: fewer teenagers reported using opioids outside of medical purposes. The Monitoring the Future Survey 2017 results show a continued trend in decreased misuse of opioids by teens that dates to the early 2000s. Public health officials say that’s… Read More

DEA Beefs Up Ohio Valley Opioid Enforcement

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Wednesday enhanced federal enforcement targeting opioids in the Ohio Valley region, including a new Drug Enforcement Administration field division in Louisville. At a press conference in Washington, D.C., Sessions said the Louisville field division will be the first new DEA division established in 20 years. He said it will have about 90… Read More

Addiction U: Schools Form Research Consortium On Opioid Epidemic

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At a conference last year on the region’s opioid crisis, journalist Sam Quinones presented a call to action to Northern Kentucky University. Quinones is author of the influential book on the opioid crisis, “Dreamland,” and a tireless speaker on the topic. At conferences and other events in the Ohio Valley he frequently makes a plea: create… Read More

White House Commission Recommends Actions On Opioid Crisis

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Roxanne Schwartz, of Lebanon, New Jersey, told a story to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis Wednesday that could easily resonate with parents in the Ohio Valley. Her two sons were denied by insurance companies when seeking treatment for conditions related to opioid use disorder. “We have spent over $300,000 in the… Read More

Opioid Emergency: How Trump’s Plan Will — And Won’t — Help The Ohio Valley

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As bad as the opioid epidemic is across the nation, it is even worse here in the Ohio Valley. Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia collectively have a rate of opioid-related deaths that is more than twice the national average. Last year 5,306 people died from opioid overdoses in the three states — 15 deaths a… Read More

Trumps Cite Ohio Valley Experience In Opioid Emergency Plan

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President Donald Trump outlined on Thursday his long-awaited plan to address the opioid crisis as a national public health emergency. Part of that plan was based on experiences in the Ohio Valley region. In an address at the White House Thursday both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump mentioned efforts in the Ohio Valley region to… Read More

Little Regional Coordination As Trump Unveils Delayed Opioid Emergency Plan

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Many lawmakers from the Ohio Valley region say they’ll be at the White House Thursday as President Donald Trump is expected to unveil a long-awaited emergency declaration to address the opioid crisis. The president is scheduled to speak on the issue 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon. However, health officials and addiction treatment experts in Kentucky, Ohio and West… Read More

Opioids On Trial: Can Lawsuits Help Fix The Addiction Crisis?

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When health care and law enforcement officials met recently at a health policy forum in Lexington, Kentucky, to share ideas about the opioid crisis, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear listed some groups that have benefited from money won in a 2015 settlement with Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. “We had Freedom House in Louisville and… Read More