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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

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Painful Lessons: Using Data On Overdose Deaths To Combat Opioid Crisis

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The Ohio Valley’s numbers on the opioid crisis are grim, especially so in West Virginia, which has the nation’s highest rate of overdose deaths. But those numbers could give health workers the ability to identify people at risk of drug overdose and then reach them before they die. That’s what researchers from the West Virginia… Read More

Trump Takes Enforcement Approach To Opioid Crisis

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President Donald Trump addressed the opioid crisis affecting the Ohio Valley region in his first State of the Union address Tuesday night. “We must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge,” he said. “My administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping… Read More

Trump Renews Opioid Emergency: Democrats Want More Funding For Crisis

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The Trump administration has extended its public health emergency on the opioid crisis. The move came just days before the original declaration signed in October was set to expire. Acting Health And Human Services Secretary Eric Hargan signed an order Friday to extend the public health emergency for another 90 days. In a post on the agency’s… Read More

Trump Brought Attention But Little Money To Counter Opioid Crisis


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Donald Trump told supporters on the campaign trail his plan to combat the opioid crisis. It included stopping the flow of drugs into the country, increase the penalties for drug trafficking, and make treatment more accessible. “We will give people struggling with addiction access to the help they need,” then-candidate Trump said. In the first year of… Read More

$econd Chance: The Economic Case For Drug Treatment Over Jails

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Imagine living and working somewhere designed to fit a couple hundred people. Now picture that same space crammed with twice that number. Madison County, Kentucky, Jailer Doug Thomas doesn’t have to imagine it. He lives it. “I’m doing all that I can with what I have to work with, which is not a lot,” he… Read More