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Waiting For A Plan: No Action On Opioid Crisis Nearly A Month After Trump’s “Emergency”

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It’s been nearly one month since President Trump told a group of reporters he was declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency. “The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I am saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency,”  the president said at his golf resort in New Jersey on August 10. But in the… Read More

Data Fix: Cities Seek Better Information On Opioid Epidemic

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Paramedics and police are already in the hotel room when Kyle Simpson walks in. “What happened?” he asks. A 37-year-old man in the room is barely conscious–just revived by the overdose reversal medication NARCAN. Law enforcement officers survey the scene. They’ve found more heroin “rocks” on a table. One officer interviews a crying woman who… Read More

Working With Addiction: A Popsicle Plant Helps To Lick The Opioid Crisis

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If you’ve ever enjoyed a Budget Saver twin popsicle on a hot summer day, you can thank the employees of the Ziegenfelder frozen treat factory in Wheeling, West Virginia. Floor operator Sonny Baxter keeps the line of popsicles going in the cherry-scented worksite. “You have to have a comprehension of how the line works, how… Read More

Trump Administration’s Addiction Crisis “Listening Tour” Gets An Earful

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Trump administration officials have been visiting parts of the country affected by the opioid addiction crisis, including the Ohio Valley region. The administration called it a “listening tour,” and they got an earful in events marked by protests and controversies. Some people working to combat the epidemic in the region say they’re concerned about the… Read More

After Obamacare: Ending Affordable Care Act Could Cut Addiction Treatment

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Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource As Congress considers repealing the Affordable Care Act, health professionals in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia grapple with what that might mean for a region where many depend on the law for access to care. This occasional series from the ReSource explores what’s ahead for the Ohio Valley after… Read More

Born Addicted: The Race To Treat The Ohio Valley’s Drug-Affected Babies

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She asked to not be identified. And it’s understandable given the stigma attached to addiction. For this story, we’ll call her “Mary.” Mary lives in eastern Kentucky and has struggled with an addiction that began with painkillers and progressed to heroin. “As soon as I opened my eyes, I had to get it,” Mary said…. Read More

Addiction Battle On The Ballot: Opioid Epidemic A Potent Campaign Issue

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The opioid epidemic is on the agenda for political campaigns from the presidential race down to the local level in the Ohio Valley region. Election Day could shape the response to the crisis in states with some of the nation’s highest rates of addiction and overdoses. Pat Fogarty, Director of Business Development and Mission Advancement… Read More

Lazarus Drug: The Medicine Saving Lives Amid The Opioid Crisis

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The sound of sirens in Cabell County, West Virginia, has a good chance of indicating an overdose these days. The county’s Emergency Medical Service had responded to 622 overdose calls this year as of September 24, according to ES Director Gordon Merry. Last year it was more than 900 overdoses, which surpassed the total of… Read More