December 29, 2020

Alkermes sees swift turnaround for rejected schizophrenia med as FDA accepts resubmission

After suffering a complete response letter a little over a month ago, Alkermes quickly sorted out the manufacturing shortfalls that blighted its experimental med—and now, the FDA has set a potential approval date this summer.
December 29, 2020

Who Should Control Ohio Counties' Drug Seizure Accounts?

When the Vinton County Fair was canceled because of the pandemic, County Prosecutor Trecia Kimes-Brown wrote $100 checks to every child who completed a 4-H project this year. She did so in the name of anti-drug education through her Law Enforcement Trust Fund (LETF) account.
December 29, 2020

When Hollywood came to my Ohio hometown (the book was better)

Among other momentous events, I’ll remember 2020 as the year when, decades after leaving my Ohio hometown, Hollywood brought it back to me.
December 29, 2020

Ohio Drug Overdose Deaths Spike During Pandemic

OHIO — The state documented a high number of drug overdose deaths in the first half of 2020, outpacing 2019 by nearly 20%. That's according to a new report from Harm Reduction Ohio, a Granville-based nonprofit which consists of a group of epidemiologists and other health professionals.
December 28, 2020

Pinnacle Treatment Centers Opens Sandusky Treatment Services to provide opioid addiction treatment for community

SANDUSKY, Ohio, Dec. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pinnacle Treatment Centers, a leader in providing accessible, affordable treatment for individuals struggling with substance use disorders, opened Sandusky Treatment Services today in northern Ohio. Located at 1036 Cleveland Road in Sandusky, the community-based program serves as Pinnacle's 15th outpatient opioid addiction treatment center in the state, and won't be the last.
December 23, 2020

Overdose Deaths Hit New Highs As Pandemic Worsens Opioid Crisis

New federal data shows the coronavirus pandemic has contributed to the country’s deadliest 12-month period for drug overdose fatalities, including a sharp increase in overdose deaths in the Ohio Valley.
December 21, 2020

Watchdog Report Finds Over-Prescription Of Opioids For Some Medicaid Patients

A report from a federal oversight agency shows that over 4,000 patients in the Ohio Valley received high amounts of opioids in 2018 through Medicaid, potentially putting hundreds at risk of addiction and overdose.
December 21, 2020

Advice on how to identify opioid abuse, talk to friends about mental health

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sadly, opioid overdose deaths have increased dramatically during the coronavirus pandemic. The Franklin County coroner reported a 73.4% increase in opioid overdose deaths between January and June 2020. In fact, drug overdoses killed more Ohioans in May than in any month during the last 14 years.