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Reports Show Challenges Remain In Addiction Treatment Medication Access

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Center for Disease Control and Prevention data indicate opioid overdose deaths in the Ohio Valley declined in 2018, the first time in nearly a decade. Researchers say this is cause for optimism. But two new studies warn that access to medication assisted treatment, or MAT, for people with opioid use disorders continues to be a challenge. A Johns… Read More

A person holds up a white pill to the camera. The person hides their fade in shame that the pills are addictive.

China Has Pain Pill Addicts Too, But No One’s Counting Them

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SHANGHAI (AP) — Officially, China doesn’t have an opioid problem like the United States. But largely out of sight of the government, addicts exist. A government survey taken in 2016 shows just 11,132 cases of medical drug abuse were reported in a population of nearly 1.4 billion. But even the Chinese government admits it doesn’t… Read More

New Prescription: Ohio Valley Native Dr. Patrice Harris Is First Black Woman To Lead AMA

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Dr. Patrice Harris took the oath in June to become the first African-American woman to serve as president of the powerful American Medical Association, the largest professional association for physicians in the United States. Harris also brings another unique perspective to the job as someone who grew up in rural Appalachia. “I was born and raised in Bluefield,… Read More

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Drug Company Gilead Gives $11M To Halt Hep C Rise In Ohio Valley

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Drug maker Gilead Sciences will give $11.3 million to help prevent and treat hepatitis C in Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. That money is part of a five-year project aimed at a region that’s been hit hard by the viral disease. About 43,000 people in Kentucky have hepatitis C, according to recent estimates from Emory University. A 2017 report showed… Read More

Opioid Emergency: What The Ohio Valley Needs To Combat Crisis

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The opioid crisis gripping the Ohio Valley is now, according to President Donald Trump, a national emergency. But more than a week after the president made that announcement, state and local health officials in the region told the Ohio Valley ReSource that they have little information about what that emergency declaration actually means, or what… Read More

Southeast Ohioans Still Fearful of Obamacare Replacement Plan

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ATHENS, Ohio – Local healthcare advocates and area residents said they continue to be concerned that the Affordable Care Act/Medicaid will be replaced by President Trump’s American Health Care Act, even after the president’s bill was pulled Friday before a vote could be taken. The cause of concern is that the American Health Care Act… Read More

Going To The MAT: Government And Science Back Medication Assisted Treatment Of Addiction

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For those working daily to treat addiction tied to the opioid epidemic in the Ohio Valley, resources have been limited. Beginning this week doctors will have a little more to work with. The federal government will allow doctors to treat more patients with buprenorphine, a medication that can help ease people away from addiction. While… Read More