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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

House Committee Questions Opioid Distributors About Flood Of Pain Pills

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Legislators grilled representatives from five major opioid distributors Tuesday on how painkillers flooded West Virginia under their watch. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing came as part of an investigation into why Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, McKesson, Miami-Luken and H.D. Smith failed to report suspiciously large orders of opioid painkillers at the beginning of the addiction… Read More

Take Charge Ohio Campaign Aims To Get People Thinking About Prescription Opioid Risks


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Representatives from agencies working to combat the opioid crisis across the state were in Athens Wednesday to promote a the Take Charge Ohio campaign. The goal of the new initiative is to educate the conversation between the medical community and the public about the risks of prescription opioid painkillers using multimedia ads and online educational… Read More

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Exchange of Ideas: How A Rural Kentucky County Overcame Fear To Adopt A Needle Exchange

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Greg Lee, Kentucky’s HIV/AIDS educator, starts the town hall on a somber note. “How many people in this room know someone who has died of an overdose death?” It is a standing-room only crowd. Most hands go up. “Amazing,” he says, sadly. The meeting is at the Bourbon County Public Health Department, just next to… Read More

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CDC Outlines Plan To Address Ohio Valley’s Opioids Crisis

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President Donald Trump’s call to implement the death penalty for drug traffickers grabbed headlines Monday. But public health officials within the Trump administration are stressing other elements of the president’s plan to address the opioid crisis. Acting Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Anne Schuchat, outlined her agency’s plans for the… Read More