Opioid crisis

ASAP Rally for Recovery draws 550

NILES — Although people are overdosing and dying by the thousands in communities across the nation, there are thousands of people out there in recovery who didn’t become a statistic. More than 550 people gathered Saturday at Eastwood Field for the 6th annual Alliance for Substance Abuse ...

Cocaine mix with fentanyl on rise

WARREN — A mixture of cocaine and fentanyl is circulating in Trumbull County, according to the Trumbull County Combined Health District and the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board. There have been 29 confirmed overdose deaths in Trumbull County for 2018, according to a ...

Lawmakers eye legislation for pain treatment without drugs

WARREN — Prescribing pain medication to cover up chronic pain, rather than paying to treat the cause, is still the preferred method of operation for insurance companies — including Medicaid — according to a report compiled by the Ohio State Chiropractic Association Opioid Task Force. ...

Trumbull overdose cases slow

WARREN — The Trumbull County coroner has ruled that 22 people died from accidental drug overdoses since Jan. 1, according to data released Friday from his office. The last death he ruled on was June 28. Most of the deceased had more than one drug in their system when they died, while ...

Pain patients say they’re victims of opioid crackdown

PORTAGE, Ind. — As she stared at a caricature portrait on her wall, of her and her husband, Dawn Anderson began to cry. It wasn’t all that long ago she was able to go on a Caribbean cruise, where that picture was drawn. Now Anderson, who uses a wheelchair because she has two amputated ...

Judge Gysegem makes plea to council

WARREN — A Warren Municipal Court judge is asking city council to support his effort to make addiction-suppressing medications a part of a substance user’s probation by creating a new position in the court. The new hire would be the coordinator for the medical assistance treatment program ...

Program could help treat drug offenders, rather than just jail them

WARREN — Working to reduce the grip drugs have on residents will be the focus of a new program proposed by Warren Municipal Court Judge Thomas Gysegem. “What we want to do is to focus on treatment for offenders, instead of (just) sending them to jail,” Gysegem said. “If this is ...

Grandparents design support group for raising grandkids

WARREN — In April 2017, Sharon Grover’s daughter, a registered nurse who worked at the Cleveland Clinic and an opioid addict, died of a fentanyl overdose. Now Grover and her husband, Steve, are raising their three grandchildren, ages 2, 4 and 6. Cheryl Baker of Warren said her stepdaughter ...

20 fewer fatal overdoses than in ’17

WARREN — Data indicates there were fewer overdoses in Trumbull County in the first four months of 2018 compared to the same time last year, but officials aren’t convinced fewer deaths and fewer hospital visits for overdoses mean the area’s heroin epidemic is on the decline. ...

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. ...