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Opioid crisis

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 ...

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 ...