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No More Oxycontin For Injured Workers In Ohio

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As of July 1, the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation will no longer pay for a powerful painkiller that’s at the center of the opioid crisis here in the Buckeye State. Ohio BWC spokesman Bill Teets says the drug, Oxycontin and its generic equivilent, oxycodone, is being removed from the list of drugs it approves for injured workers. “They are replacing it… Read More

New ARC Grants Combine Economic Recovery And Addiction Recovery

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The Appalachian Regional Commission announced Thursday another $22.8 million in funding to 33 projects aimed at revitalizing economies in places affected by the decline in the coal industry. The awards are the latest in the ARC’s POWER Initiative, an acronym for Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization. Congress has funded the initiative for four years specifically… Read More

As Opioid Crisis Affects A New Generation, Experts Study Long-Term Effects Of Prenatal Exposure

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Sue Meeks has worked with children for years as a registered nurse. Meeks manages the family navigator program at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. Several years ago, she started noticing three and four-year-olds coming into the program with certain distinctive behaviors. “Children that appear to be neurologically very overstimulated,” she… Read More

2nd Suit Filed Over Pain Meds Given To Near-Death Patients

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An attorney says a second wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against an Ohio doctor accused of ordering that near-death hospital patients get potentially fatal doses of pain medicine. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System announced this week it has fired the doctor, notified authorities and removed 20 employees from patient care pending… Read More

Filing: OxyContin Maker Forecast ‘Blizzard Of Prescriptions’

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BOSTON (AP) — A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller’s launch party in the 1990s that it would be “followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition,” according to court documents filed Tuesday. The details were made public in a case… Read More

Report: Distributors, DEA Failed To Abate US Opioid Crisis

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A congressional report on prescription pill dumping in West Virginia blames U.S. prescription drug distributors and the Drug Enforcement Administration for not doing enough to help mitigate the nation’s opioid addiction and overdose crisis. The report released Wednesday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee follows an 18-month investigation and focused… Read More

CDC Data Show Ohio Valley Still Has Nation’s Highest Overdose Death Rates

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New federal data show the Ohio Valley again led the nation in rates of fatal drug overdoses last year. The data confirm what local officials have reported: Synthetic opioids are fueling the increase. West Virginia had the nation’s highest rate of fatal drug overdoses in 2017 with 57.8 deaths per 100,000 people. Ohio had the second-highest… Read More