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Marietta Doctor Convicted of Illegally Prescribing Pain Pills

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A federal jury has convicted an Ohio doctor accused of illegally distributing medication including pain pills. The government had charged Dr. Roger Anderson of Marietta with providing opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone to patients using pre-signed prescriptions and without examining the patients himself. Federal prosecutors also said the 65-year-old Anderson… Read More

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AG Wants More Time to Get Communities to Join Opioid Settlement Plan

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Friday is the deadline for Ohio communities suing drug makers and distributors to decide to continue with their lawsuits or join the state’s effort to reach what’s likely to be a massive settlement over the opioid crisis. Attorney General Dave Yost said there are several communities that haven’t yet had a chance to meet and discuss the… Read More

The waiting room at Jefferson Day Report Center in West Virginia.

W. Va. Plan for Free Transport to Opioid Treatment Starts in March

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – People with opioid use disorder will soon be able to get free public transit to West Virginia treatment centers under a new health department initiative. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said Wednesday the program with the West Virginia Public Transit Association will begin on March 2. The… Read More

Maryhaven in Columbus uses medication-assisted treatment to help treat opioid addiction. Only about half of the treatment centers in Ohio do the same.

Only Half of Ohio’s Rehab Centers Offer this Proven Opioid Addiction Treatment

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Tammy’s struggle with substance use started with pain pills she found in her grandmother’s cabinet. Then it escalated to heroin. “It’s a full time job,” she says. “Most people think that’s not a full time job but it is. When you’re addicted to anything, then you’re working at it every day. Trying to make sure… Read More

The waiting room at Jefferson Day Report Center in West Virginia.

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

The coal power station on the border between WV and PA

2020 Hindsight: The Ohio Valley’s Decade in Data

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The year: 2009. A Senator from Illinois named Barack Obama has just made history upon taking the presidential oath of office. The national economy is at a low point in the Great Recession. And the Pittsburgh Steelers are the first NFL team to win six Super Bowls. Ten years later, as 2019 gives way to… 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