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Opioid crisis

Lawsuits accuse retail chains of flooding Ohio with painkillers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Five retail chains flooded two Ohio counties with tens of millions of prescription painkillers through their pharmacies while taking few if any steps to stop drugs from being illegally diverted, according to updated lawsuits unsealed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland. The ...

Overdose deaths rise once again in Trumbull County

WARREN — Drug overdose rates that went down in 2018 are back on the rise in 2019, and Trumbull County is on track to match record accidental overdose deaths in 2017, according to the executive director of the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board. “The tox screens show that ...

ACA shapes grant spending on opioid epidemic

With Republicans and Democrats joining forces again in a bipartisan effort to target the U.S. opioid crisis, an Associated Press analysis of the first wave of emergency money from Congress finds that states are taking very different approaches to spending it. To a large extent, the ...

Ohio moved fast to use federal grant money for opioid epidemic

COLUMBUS — Ohio didn’t hesitate to spend the first round of federal funding targeting the country’s opioid crisis, unlike other states that also expanded Medicaid under the national health care law, records show. State officials spent $19 million, or about 73 percent, of the money it ...

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 ...