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  • Fentanyl Fuels Peak Overdose Fatalities to Date

    (December 14, 2018)

    (Winter 2018) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2017 U.S. death toll for overdose mortalities rose beyond 72,000. This is over 6,000 additional deaths than the past record set in 2016. The large death count averages out to 200 overdose fatalities each day. The spike was mainly fueled by man-made […]

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  • Ohio Physician Proposes Medical Cannabis as Remedy for Opioid Use Disorder

    (December 14, 2018)

    (Winter 2018) Dr. F. Stuart Leeds, an Ohio doctor and Wright State University medical professor, plans on approaching the State Medical Board of Ohio with a proposal to use medical marijuana as an opioid addiction treatment. At this time, three other states (Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey) list opioid use disorder as a valid […]

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  • More Lives Lost to Alcohol, Drugs and Suicide than Diabetes

    (December 14, 2018)

    (Winter 2018) Mortalities due to self-injury, a term encompassing alcohol and other drug use as well as suicide, outpaced diabetes to become the seventh-highest cause in America, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently revealed. Using statistics from 2016, the CDC found that about 29 individuals per 100,000 perished from self-injury, versus […]

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  • Ohio Companies Will Receive Up to $13 Million for Hiring Workers in Recovery

    (December 14, 2018)

    (Winter 2018) Not only has the opioid epidemic become an alarming public health concern, but it has also left Ohio employers lacking viable workforce candidates. Recognizing this, as much as $5 million in Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) funds has been allocated for a two-year initiative that will pair Ross, Scioto and Montgomery County […]

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  • Surgeon General Seeks to Change the Conversation about Opioid Addiction

    (December 14, 2018)

    (Winter 2018) Jerome Adams, the United States Surgeon General, recently encouraged a reframing of the way in which Americans speak about addiction to opioids. Adams cited stigma as one of the top reasons that only about 25% of individuals with opioid addiction receive the help they need to overcome it. This is concerning since opioids […]

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