Heroin epidemic

Opioid summit

WARREN — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan met with law enforcement officials Tuesday for a roundtable discussion about their role in combating the opioid epidemic. The discussion was attended by officials from the Warren, Youngstown and Warren Township police departments as well as officials from the ...

State crime labs seek overdose answers

Fentanyl produced in illicit labs in China is easier and cheaper to make than traditional heroin, and poorly mixed batches are primarily responsible for the increased amount of fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses, according to trends spotted in labs at the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation ...

The opioid crisis takes its toll on taxpayers

If you think the opioid crisis has nothing to do with you, consider this: You’re already paying for it. And that price is growing. Eleven counties across the state, including Mahoning County, have levies on the November ballot to support the social service agencies that have become ...

Special to the Tribune Chronicle
Andrew Rockway writes down answers from the round tables at the Your Voice Mahoning Valley meeting Sunday at the Boys & Girls Club in Youngstown.

Group tackles opioid problem

YOUNGSTOWN — Some had battled addiction themselves. Others have family members who are addicted. Still, others tackle the topic of addiction every day in their work as journalists, anti-drug advocates and recovery professionals. Individuals representing all of these perspectives came ...

Tribune Chronicle / Renee Fox
Jennifer Burr said she wants to to see an end to the Riverview Motel on Parkman Road in Warren, where her daughter, Emily R. Burr, in photo at right, died of a suspected drug overdose in August. She was laid to rest during the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Emily Burr’s daughter, now 6, appears in the smaller photograph with Emily in photo at left.

The ones they leave behind

WARREN — With a record number of people lost to accidental drug overdoses in Trumbull County last year and so many others unable to parent because they are using drugs or locked up for addiction-related crime, more and more families are raising children in a non-traditional way. Each ...

Tribune Chronicle / Renee Fox 
Warren city patrolman Dania Gillam has been with the department since 2013. He said he has given people Narcan to revive them from drug overdoses more than 30 times in the past year. Each time gives the user a chance to turn their life around, he said.

Strained, but empathetic

WARREN — The hundreds, if not thousands, of people revived from accidental drug overdoses in the last few years in the Mahoning Valley have received doses of Narcan from police officers. Local officers say they are spending much more time administering the life-saving drug while on the ...

Graphic by Paris Chrisopoulos / Tribune Chronicle

Searching for solutions to the opioid epidemic

Paramedics outside Columbus were attempting to revive a man from an overdose in July, but doses of naloxone, the overdose antidote, was having no effect. The man was not breathing and the rescue crews were running out of time. The scene was witnessed by a newspaper reporter who was part of a ...

County on track to surpass 2016 OD totals

WARREN —The Trumbull County coroner has confirmed 60 people in Trumbull County have died so far this year from an accidental drug overdose, and he suspects 50 more deaths he investigated are from the same cause, according to statistics released Thursday. Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk ruled ...

Fighting the heroin crisis together

WARREN — Three local reporters — the Tribune Chronicle’s Renee Fox and others from the Mahoning Valley, Jordyn Grzelewski and Lindsay McCoy — have worked aggressively in recent years exposing the death and destruction wrought by the heroin crisis, yet despite their dire warnings in ...

TAKE ACTION: Heroin crisis

Need help with addiction? Those who are ready to seek help for an opioid addiction can call the Coleman Access Center any time of day or night for an assessment, screening and program referral at 330-392-1100 or 211. Project Dawn kits A free naloxone kit, an overdose reversal drug, and ...

Task force tracing heroin batch that killed 5

WARREN — A two-county drug enforcement task force is working with local police departments and the state’s crime labs in an attempt to identify the people responsible for bringing in a deadly batch of drugs believed to have caused five deaths and countless overdoses last week. “We are ...

NF police get $50,000 to combat opioid crisis

NEWTON FALLS — A $50,000 grant from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office will help the village police department in its effort to combat the increasing threat of opioids. Newton Falls was the only Trumbull County community to receive a portion of $3 million in grants. “We will ...

Limits on opioid prescriptions start

WARREN — Doctors and pharmacies are now limited to writing seven-day prescriptions with no refills to adults with non-chronic pain, a time period a local doctor says is plenty for most acute pain situations. The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy enacted the rule changes in response to the ...