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Recovery Through Employment: ARC Funding Makes Ohio Valley Programs Possible

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Jessica Stapleton was in the thralls of active addiction when she first heard of the Recovery to Work program. She had lost the trust of her family and custody of her six children. She credits the program with not only changing her life, but saving it as well. “It pretty much saved my life. I… Read More

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

“Diseases Of Despair” Deaths Drop Slightly But Still Higher In Appalachia

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — New research shows that deaths due to the mix of substance use disorder and suicides known as “diseases of despair” declined slightly in 2018. But the mortality rates throughout the Ohio Valley and Appalachian region are still higher than the national average. A report from the Appalachian Regional Commission found that overall… Read More

West Virginia on a map

Public Forums on Substance Use Response Plan Set in W.Va.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Public forums will be held starting this week on a statewide response to substance use in West Virginia. The first will be Tuesday at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. Other forums are scheduled for Wednesday at the West Virginia University-Parkersburg campus, Oct. 21 at the University of Charleston student union ballroom… Read More

Heartland High: Ohio’s First School For Students With Addiction

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Bouncing on a purple exercise ball, Alyssa talks to her new teacher about what classes she needs to graduate. “There’s a Psychology 1 as an elective, I would take that, but I already took psychology and sociology… And I feel like Heartland in general is a psychology class,” she adds, laughing. Alyssa is one of… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine delivers his first State of the State address

DeWine Calls For 30 New Drug Courts In Ohio

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Gov. Mike DeWine will propose the creation of 30 new specialty dockets, known as drug courts, as part of his budget expected to be officially released Friday. The move is one of DeWine’s first major announcements when it comes to fighting the opioid crisis. DeWine wants the state to spend $7.5 million over the next… Read More