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Back To The Garden: How Green Thumbs Help With Addiction Recovery

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Meredith Jensen is doing some gardening on a sunny day in a secluded part of Athens, Ohio. “I’m working on our pollinator garden beds,” she said. “Which are a bunch of fun flowers that’ll help attract butterflies, bumble bees, you name it.” Her partner Jamie Betit pushes a full wheel barrow to fill the other… Read More

House Committee Questions Opioid Distributors About Flood Of Pain Pills

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Legislators grilled representatives from five major opioid distributors Tuesday on how painkillers flooded West Virginia under their watch. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing came as part of an investigation into why Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, McKesson, Miami-Luken and H.D. Smith failed to report suspiciously large orders of opioid painkillers at the beginning of the addiction… Read More

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CDC Outlines Plan To Address Ohio Valley’s Opioids Crisis

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President Donald Trump’s call to implement the death penalty for drug traffickers grabbed headlines Monday. But public health officials within the Trump administration are stressing other elements of the president’s plan to address the opioid crisis. Acting Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Anne Schuchat, outlined her agency’s plans for the… Read More

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Painful Lessons: Using Data On Overdose Deaths To Combat Opioid Crisis

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The Ohio Valley’s numbers on the opioid crisis are grim, especially so in West Virginia, which has the nation’s highest rate of overdose deaths. But those numbers could give health workers the ability to identify people at risk of drug overdose and then reach them before they die. That’s what researchers from the West Virginia… Read More

Trump Takes Enforcement Approach To Opioid Crisis

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President Donald Trump addressed the opioid crisis affecting the Ohio Valley region in his first State of the Union address Tuesday night. “We must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge,” he said. “My administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping… Read More

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