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December 19, 2018

Understanding the Epidemic: 3 Waves

From 1999-2017, almost 400,000 people died from an overdose involving any opioid, including prescription and illicit opioids. This rise in opioid overdose deaths can be outlined in three distinct waves.
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November 1, 2018

The Unhooked Podcast

True stories and lessons learned from those still standing through adversity and fiery trials. Hosted by Recovery Writer Annie Highwater, Author of books "Unhooked", and "Unbroken." Created for sharing the lives of those who have struggled with (or have been adjacent to), addiction, alcoholism, codependency, crisis and chaos. Names, and minor details have been changed to preserve anonymity, but the experiences are real, raw and true. The purpose of this podcast is to let you know you're NOT alone. The world falls apart for everyone at some point, but ANYONE can recover and rise. Annie Highwater is a contributor to our book "Not Far From Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio."
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August 14, 2018

Cherry

by Nico Walker
It's 2003, and as a college freshman in Cleveland, our narrator is adrift until he meets Emily. The two of them experience an instant, life-changing connection. But when he almost loses her, he chooses to make an indelible statement: he joins the Army. The outcome will not be good for either of them. As a medic in Iraq, he is unprepared for the realties that await him. He and his fellow soldiers huff computer duster, abuse painkillers, and watch porn. Many of them die. When he comes home, his PTSD is profound. As the opioid crisis sweeps through the Midwest, it drags both him and Emily along with it. As their addictions worsen, and with their money drying up, he stumbles onto what seems like the only possible solution—robbing banks.
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July 20, 2018

The agony of opioid withdrawal — and what doctors should tell patients about it

The United States accounts for five percent of the world's population but consumes almost 70 percent of the total global opioid supply, creating an epidemic that has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths each year. How did we get here, and what can we do about it? In this personal talk, Travis Rieder recounts the painful, often-hidden struggle of opioid withdrawal and reveals how doctors who are quick to prescribe (and overprescribe) opioids aren't equipped with the tools to eventually get people off the meds.
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July 2, 2018

2017 Ohio Drug Overdose Data: General Findings

The number of prescription opioid-related overdose deaths excluding involvement of fentanyl declined almost 28 percent since 2011, and to an eight-year low. Prescription opioid-related overdose deaths also accounted for a substantially smaller percentage of all unintentional overdose deaths in 2017 (10.8 percent) than in 2011 (40.9 percent). The decline in prescription opioid deaths corresponded with Ohio’s efforts to reduce the prescription opioid supply available for misuse and diversion, which has included shutting down pill mills, putting in place prescribing guidelines, strengthening prescription drug monitoring, stepping up enforcement efforts and developing new regulations for drug wholesalers.
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July 2, 2018

Prescription for Hope

The opioid epidemic has been called the worst public health crisis in a century. Amid the darkness and despair, there is light and hope. "Prescription for Hope," a podcast from The MetroHealth System, shares the stories of some of the people working to end the crisis and bring the dawn.
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