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Opioid-Related Levies Receive Mixed Response From Ohio Voters

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The impact of the opioid crisis was all over the ballot on Tuesday – from candidates with proposed opioid solutions to county levies for strained children services departments. Near-Record Number of Children Services Levies on the Ballot New data from the US Department of Health and Human Services notes an increase in the number of children… Read More

Ohio Valley Lawmakers Helped Shape Bipartisan Bill On Opioid Crisis

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A year after President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, he signed a bipartisan bill Wednesday to bolster law enforcement efforts and expand addiction treatment and resources. Proponents hope the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act helps the Ohio Valley, which suffers some of the nation’s highest rates of addiction and overdose deaths…. Read More

The Doctor And The Epidemic: Three Years At Ground Zero Of The Opioid Crisis

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When Dr. Rahul Gupta started work as West Virginia’s chief health officer his state was already ground zero for the opioid epidemic, with some of the nation’s highest rates of addiction and overdose fatalities. That was 2015, and 735 state residents died from overdoses that year. Preliminary data for 2017 show there were 1,011 overdose deaths… Read More

Driving While Recovering: For Some Fighting Addiction, A Roadblock On The Path To Sobriety

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After decades of addiction to heroin and prescription opioids, Wendy Crites finally made a clean break. “For the first time in my life I just wanted to be off of it,” she said from her home in Ranson, West Virginia. “I hit rock bottom.” Last year the ReSource profiled Crites, a single mother getting by on… Read More

Surgeon General Says Opioid Crisis Requires Fight Against Stigma

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In a comprehensive new report on the opioid crisis, the U.S. surgeon general writes that stigma remains a major barrier to treatment and urges a more supportive approach to those in need. Surgeon General Jerome Adams wrote in his Spotlight on Opioids report that stigma has prevented people with opioid use disorders from seeking treatment. “The way… Read More

Senate Opioids Bill Takes Aim At Fentanyl Imports

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The U.S. Senate has approved a bipartisan package to address the nation’s opioid crisis with more resources for addiction treatment and recovery and an emphasis on stopping the flow of the the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl. The Senate approved the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 by a 99-1 vote Monday night including a version of Ohio… Read More

Auditor’s Report Shows Opioids Impact On Medicaid

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A state auditor’s report looking at opioids’ impact on Ohio’s Medicaid program shows the number of Medicaid recipients with an opioid-related diagnosis quadrupled from 2010 to 2016. The report recently released by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost shows the number of Ohio Medicaid recipients with an opioid-related diagnosis involving dependence, abuse or… Read More

Medicaid Recipients In West Virginia To Get More Substance Use Disorder Services

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Medicaid recipients will soon receive the second phase of new services under a federal waiver as part of efforts by Gov. Jim Justice’s administration to provide substance use disorder treatment. The statement by the state Department of Health and Human Resources says the expanded coverage starts Sunday. It says… Read More