June 11, 2021

Congress should act on opioid plan

Despite years of lip service from the federal government about the importance of fighting the opioid epidemic that has ravaged not just West Virginia but populations across the country, little effort has been put toward making a real difference.
June 8, 2021

Morrisey talks opioids, drug trafficking during Parkersburg visit

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey visited the Judge Black Annex on Monday to contribute to a roundtable discussion with local law enforcement officials pertaining to the opioid epidemic.
June 8, 2021

Payer Announces Partnership to Address Opioid Misuse, Disposal

CareSource is working to prevent opioid misuse by providing its members with access to a medication disposal solution.
June 8, 2021

Study Identifies Who Is Most at-Risk For Opioid Abuse

Key Takeaways: Although the opioid epidemic is nationwide, researchers have identified 25 hot spots throughout the country that are disproportionately affected. White males in their late 20s and early 30s are the most affected by opioid use disorder. Researchers also found that mental distress increased the risk of dying from a drug overdose by as much as 39%.
June 7, 2021

Cuyahoga County to fund infant mortality programs with Johnson & Johnson opioid settlement

CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga County officials announced late last week plans to use $2.3 million in settlement money to fund two programs aimed at reducing infant mortality.
June 7, 2021

Ohio programs work to care for infants, mothers, affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF) -- Between June 1, 2020 and May 14, 2021 almost one thousand suspected cases of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) were reported to the Ohio Department of Health, and from the start of his administration, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has been working to help families who suffer from this affliction through the Governor’s Children’s Initiative.
June 2, 2021

UC: Greater Cincinnati is nation's No. 1 opioid overdose hot spot

Greater Cincinnati is No. 1 on the University of Cincinnati’s recent list of the country’s 25 hardest-hit opioid hot spots — places where overdoses and overdose deaths are more tightly clustered than anywhere else.
June 2, 2021

Individuals in Low-Access Areas Less Likely to Stay in Treatment

Individuals are up to 50% less likely to stay in treatment for opioid use disorder when they live more than a mile from the nearest provider