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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

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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