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Athens City School Board: We Need To Develop Culture of Education Around Racism

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Update 4:10 p.m. Superintendent Tom Gibbs sent a letter to families of Athens City School District students in relation to the recent incident: Athens City School District Families; At last evening’s Board Meeting, several community members made public comment in relation to an incident that occurred earlier this week at Athens High School.  An in-depth… Read More

Overdose Prevention Treatment Team Hoping to Reduce Overdoses in Athens County

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ATHENS — A new program coming to Athens County will encourage people struggling with addiction to seek treatment before they suffer a fatal overdose. The Overdose Prevention Treatment Team will identify people at risk, then reach out to inform them about the available treatment resources. “The majority of the people out there want help,” Athens-Hocking-Vinton… Read More

OU Students Generate Solutions to Opioid Crisis at “Ideathon”

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ATHENS, Ohio — A group of Ohio University students came together Monday to propose ideas to help combat the state’s opioid crisis. The “Ohioans Over Opioids Ideathon” allowed students to learn more about the fight against substance use disorders and then brainstorm ideas to make a submission to Governor John Kasich’s Opioid Technology Challenge. The… Read More

Groups Hope For Momentum After Events Focused on Opioid Crisis

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ATHENS, Ohio — Community leaders are hoping discussions lead to solutions after several days of lectures, forums and open dialogue focused on the opioid crisis in Athens County. Randy Leite, dean of Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions, said the response to the Standing Together: Fighting Our Community’s Opioid Epidemic event series that… Read More

ACA Repeal Could Affect Addiction Treatment, Hospitals in Southeast Ohio

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ATHENS, Ohio — The implications of repealing the Affordable Care Act –which is also referred to as Obamacare– could go beyond thousands losing health insurance in southeast Ohio. The ACA expanded the traditional idea of healthcare being there for an individual in case of a medical emergency to include proactive coverage for “essential health benefits.”… Read More