Heroin epidemic

Agreement will expedite OD cases

A partnership aimed at more efficient and effective prosecutions of those who deal drugs that cause overdose deaths has been formed by Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Justin Herdman. On Tuesday, a Trumbull County assistant ...

Man charged with exposing deputies to opioid

WARREN — A Newton Township man faces charges in connection to a Jan. 18 drug overdose call at Blue Water Manor Mobile Home Park that sickened three police officers who were exposed to an opioid. Martin E. Higinbotham, 47, Kings Drive SW, is expected to be arraigned May 14 on three counts of ...

Hope, recovery set to take root

ROOTSTOWN — As former president of Warren Fabricating and Machining, Regina Mitchell’s reality found it difficult to fill positions in the family-owned business because so many applicants failed drug tests. But even as four of 10 candidates failed a drug test and an employee found a piece ...

Drugmakers push back against calls to tax opioids

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Facing a rising death toll from drug overdoses, state lawmakers across the country are testing a strategy to boost treatment for opioid addicts: Force drug manufacturers and their distributors to pay for it. Bills introduced in at least 15 states would impose taxes or fees ...

Attorney: Recovery houses protected

Homes where people in the recovery process stay after detoxing are becoming more numerous and have stirred up controversy in one local neighborhood where township officials have an attorney researching their options. “The goal is to get them shut down,” said Edward Anthony, Warren ...

Donald Trump has tough talk on drugs

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Embracing the tough penalties favored by global strongmen, President Donald Trump on Monday brandished the death penalty as a fitting punishment for drug traffickers fueling the opioid epidemic. The scourge has torn through the rural and working-class communities that in ...

Drug distributors push back on proposed rules

COLUMBUS — Companies that distribute drugs are pushing back on stricter regulation in Ohio, protesting what they call a patchwork approach that could lead to confusion and uncertainty, records show. The state pharmacy board should wait for new federal regulations before enacting state ...

New detox facility to offer evidence-based treatment

WARREN — A new addiction treatment facility opening up on Warren’s northwest side is taking the lessons learned from the evidence-based model of one of Warren’s existing facilities. FSR Parkman is set to start accepting clients Feb. 19 at its 4390 Enterprise Drive location, and staff ...

Governors ask Trump to do more on opioid crisis

CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Less than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency, the nation’s governors are calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against the drugs, which are killing ...

Drug data help spot doctors who overprescribe opioids

PITTSBURGH — The pain clinic tucked into the corner of a low-slung suburban strip mall was an open secret. Patients would travel hundreds of miles to see Dr. Andrzej Zielke, eager for what authorities described as a steady flow of prescriptions for the kinds of powerful painkillers that ...

Opioid crisis breaks records

Editor’s note: This is No. 1 of the top 10 stories of 2017 voted on by employees of the Tribune Chronicle. WARREN — More than 100 dead from acccidental drug overdoses hasn’t been the only effect of another record-setting year in the trenches of the opioid epidemic in Trumbull County. ...

Distributor reacts to opioid suit

WARREN — An association representing several entities named in a 270-page lawsuit filed against manufacturers, distributors and doctors involved in the opioid pain pill industry said their distributors have been unfairly pegged as “scapegoats.” The Healthcare Distribution Alliance is a ...

County files lawsuit against opioid marketers, manufacturers and distributors

WARREN — A 270-page lawsuit against 25 entities connected to the opioid pain pill industry was filed in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court by attorneys representing Trumbull County commissioners. The suit, filed Monday in Judge W. Wyatt McKay’s court, targets manufacturers, marketers and ...

Opioid crisis strains foster system

She was first roused awake at 2:30 a.m. by a call seeking an emergency placement for a child. Ninety minutes later, it was a storm of texts telling of a problem at a foster home. Now, after a fitful night and a morning spent furiously juggling 15 foster cases, Rachael Stark is splashed with ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...