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Patients react to fraud indictment of Springfield cardiologist
 Dr. Salim Dahdah, the owner of the Ohio Institute of Cardiac Care (OICC) in Springfield, and his wife, Cindy Dahdah, were both charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud and making false statements, according to an affidavit filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. The indictment alleges the couple received...

Posted: 9 days ago

Dr. Salim Dahdah, the owner of the Ohio Institute of Cardiac Care (OICC) in Springfield, and his wife, Cindy Dahdah, were both charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud and making false statements, according to an affidavit filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. The indictment alleges the couple received...
Overhaul could drop thousands from sex offender registry
 Two decades after Ohio began labeling sex offenders on a public database and setting restrictions on where they can live, a major overhaul to the law is being proposed that could drop thousands of lower-level offenders off the list Some critics are even calling for doing away with the registry entirely, saying it’s been an expensive...

Posted: 9 days ago

Two decades after Ohio began labeling sex offenders on a public database and setting restrictions on where they can live, a major overhaul to the law is being proposed that could drop thousands of lower-level offenders off the list Some critics are even calling for doing away with the registry entirely, saying it’s been an expensive...
Springfield cardiologist among hundreds charged with health care fraud
 A Springfield cardiologist and his wife were two of hundreds of defendants federally charged with health care fraud after a massive investigation. The indictments were part of an initiative announced Thursday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price. Dr. Salim Dahdah, the owner...

Posted: 10 days ago

A Springfield cardiologist and his wife were two of hundreds of defendants federally charged with health care fraud after a massive investigation. The indictments were part of an initiative announced Thursday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price. Dr. Salim Dahdah, the owner...
Dayton Children’s Hospital is treating two children a week for opiate overdoses
 Dayton Children’s Hospital is treating as many as two children a week for opioid overdoses due to accidental exposure since the beginning of 2017. “It seems like every week we are having the same conversation about kids who have symptoms of opiate exposure,” said Kelly Liker, a pediatric physician at Dayton Children&rsquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

Dayton Children’s Hospital is treating as many as two children a week for opioid overdoses due to accidental exposure since the beginning of 2017. “It seems like every week we are having the same conversation about kids who have symptoms of opiate exposure,” said Kelly Liker, a pediatric physician at Dayton Children&rsquo...
Local baby girl dies due to carfentanil, fentanyl intoxication while with grandmother
 Dayton Police are still actively investigating the child’s death and said there could be charges against adults who supplied or used drugs in the home.  They still don’t know exactly how the girl came in contact with the drugs. “Coming in contact with carfentanil and fentanyl, through your skin can lead to death,&rdquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

Dayton Police are still actively investigating the child’s death and said there could be charges against adults who supplied or used drugs in the home.  They still don’t know exactly how the girl came in contact with the drugs. “Coming in contact with carfentanil and fentanyl, through your skin can lead to death,&rdquo...
EpiPen lawsuit targets drug price middlemen
 A new class action lawsuit challenging the price of EpiPens is targeting not the drug’s manufacturer, but three pharmacy benefit managers and the industry’s rebate practices. The lawsuit alleges CVS Health, Express Scripts and Prime Therapeutics, cause price gouging — including the more than 500 percent increase in EpiPen&rsquo...

Posted: 18 days ago

A new class action lawsuit challenging the price of EpiPens is targeting not the drug’s manufacturer, but three pharmacy benefit managers and the industry’s rebate practices. The lawsuit alleges CVS Health, Express Scripts and Prime Therapeutics, cause price gouging — including the more than 500 percent increase in EpiPen&rsquo...
Is Montgomery County the nation’s leader for drug ODs? No one knows
 A series of stories produced by NBC News this month declared Montgomery County, Ohio, as the “most opioid addicted county” in the nation. The story gained more traction on the internet. But is the county really number one? The answer is no one really knows. The claim that Montgomery County tops all U.S. counties in overdoses came...

Posted: 23 days ago

A series of stories produced by NBC News this month declared Montgomery County, Ohio, as the “most opioid addicted county” in the nation. The story gained more traction on the internet. But is the county really number one? The answer is no one really knows. The claim that Montgomery County tops all U.S. counties in overdoses came...
Kroger, county partner on drug disposal bags to fight opioid overdoses
 Local Kroger pharmacies are partnering with service agencies on an effort to reduce opiate misuse in the community. People picking up opiate prescriptions at 13 Kroger pharmacies will be given a drug disposal bag that allows for safe deactivation of unwanted pills and can be thrown in the trash. Seventy-five percent of heroin addicts used...

Posted: 27 days ago

Local Kroger pharmacies are partnering with service agencies on an effort to reduce opiate misuse in the community. People picking up opiate prescriptions at 13 Kroger pharmacies will be given a drug disposal bag that allows for safe deactivation of unwanted pills and can be thrown in the trash. Seventy-five percent of heroin addicts used...
Soaring overdoses strain emergency crews from neighboring cities
 Record-breaking drug overdoses are causing a chain-reaction problem for emergency crews in Montgomery County — as one city’s first responders are called for help, neighboring communities scramble to fill in. “We’ve hit the limiting factor,” Dayton Fire Chief Jeffrey Payne said. “We only have so many medic...

Posted: 29 days ago

Record-breaking drug overdoses are causing a chain-reaction problem for emergency crews in Montgomery County — as one city’s first responders are called for help, neighboring communities scramble to fill in. “We’ve hit the limiting factor,” Dayton Fire Chief Jeffrey Payne said. “We only have so many medic...
Census: Local median age increasing faster than national average
 Sticking with a national and statewide trend, the population in Southwest Ohio got older and continued to become more diverse in 2016. According to annual population estimates released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau, the median age of residents in nine local counties has increased since the last official census and the percentage of...

4:00 AM Thursday, Jun. 22, 2017

Sticking with a national and statewide trend, the population in Southwest Ohio got older and continued to become more diverse in 2016. According to annual population estimates released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau, the median age of residents in nine local counties has increased since the last official census and the percentage of...
Prison food contractor overcharged on meals
 The company that provides food service to Ohio’s prisons had to repay $57,000 in overbilling following an Ohio Inspector General’s investigation. The state’s prisons contract with Aramark Correctional Services Inc. pays the company based on an inmate count recorded each day. The OIG’s investigation found the Department...

4:15 PM Friday, Jun. 16, 2017

The company that provides food service to Ohio’s prisons had to repay $57,000 in overbilling following an Ohio Inspector General’s investigation. The state’s prisons contract with Aramark Correctional Services Inc. pays the company based on an inmate count recorded each day. The OIG’s investigation found the Department...
Ohio’s drug price ballot issue: What’s really going on?
 An initiative aimed at controlling drug prices that’s headed to Ohio’s November ballot has already caused much heated debate. As both supporters and opponents of the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act air TV ads and make claims about the initiative’s impact, it can be difficult for voters to understand what’s really going...

7:27 PM Wednesday, Jun. 14, 2017

An initiative aimed at controlling drug prices that’s headed to Ohio’s November ballot has already caused much heated debate. As both supporters and opponents of the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act air TV ads and make claims about the initiative’s impact, it can be difficult for voters to understand what’s really going...
U.S. has gone record 11 years without a major hurricane
 The North Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30. 2017 has had one named tropical storm so far, Arlene, but it didn’t develop into a hurricane. It’s been 11 hurricane seasons since the last “major” storm in the U.S., classified as making landfall as a Category 3 or higher. The last one...

2:47 PM Friday, Jun. 09, 2017

The North Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30. 2017 has had one named tropical storm so far, Arlene, but it didn’t develop into a hurricane. It’s been 11 hurricane seasons since the last “major” storm in the U.S., classified as making landfall as a Category 3 or higher. The last one...
RTA to allow guns on buses
 Riders who can show proof of a valid CCW license will now be allowed to carry guns on Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority buses. The revised policy was developed after much discussion with the transit board’s attorneys, CEO Mark Donaghy said. It passed without much discussion at the board’s regular meeting on Tuesday. &ldquo...

3:18 PM Tuesday, Jun. 06, 2017

Riders who can show proof of a valid CCW license will now be allowed to carry guns on Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority buses. The revised policy was developed after much discussion with the transit board’s attorneys, CEO Mark Donaghy said. It passed without much discussion at the board’s regular meeting on Tuesday. &ldquo...
County awarded $670K in federal funds for opioid treatment
 Montgomery County was awarded $670,000 to fight opioid addiction as part of the federal 21st Century Cures Act. Ohio is set to receive a total of $26 million per year in federal funding for two years to increase treatment, prevention, workforce development and more. Montgomery County got as much as it did because of its Tier I, or highest...

9:40 PM Monday, Jun. 05, 2017

Montgomery County was awarded $670,000 to fight opioid addiction as part of the federal 21st Century Cures Act. Ohio is set to receive a total of $26 million per year in federal funding for two years to increase treatment, prevention, workforce development and more. Montgomery County got as much as it did because of its Tier I, or highest...
Panhandlers
Ruth Tharpe, 49, held a sign asking for money or other donations at the corner of Keowee Street and Wayne Avenue on Thursday morning, Aug. 4, 2016. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF

8:47 PM Monday, Jun. 05, 2017

Ruth Tharpe, 49, held a sign asking for money or other donations at the corner of Keowee Street and Wayne Avenue on Thursday morning, Aug. 4, 2016. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF
Solutions sought to curb opioid epidemic
 The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association is leading an effort to create a one-stop crisis care center in Montgomery County to ease the current burden on hospital emergency rooms and the jail, which are overloaded with opioid addicts and those in need of mental health services. It was one of many projects tackling the opioid epidemic presented...

4:37 PM Friday, Jun. 02, 2017

The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association is leading an effort to create a one-stop crisis care center in Montgomery County to ease the current burden on hospital emergency rooms and the jail, which are overloaded with opioid addicts and those in need of mental health services. It was one of many projects tackling the opioid epidemic presented...
Kettering, county surpass 2016 fatal overdose total before June
 One day after Kettering city and school district officials met in special session to discuss the opioid epidemic, the director of the regional crime lab confirmed the city has had more overdose deaths this year than in all of 2016. Kettering had had 19 overdose deaths this year - one more than last year - putting the city on track to to double...

3:27 PM Wednesday, May. 31, 2017

One day after Kettering city and school district officials met in special session to discuss the opioid epidemic, the director of the regional crime lab confirmed the city has had more overdose deaths this year than in all of 2016. Kettering had had 19 overdose deaths this year - one more than last year - putting the city on track to to double...
Fighting heroin crisis: What Ohio governor candidates plan to do
 In recent years the economy has dominated the race for governor in Ohio. This time a different topic might take center stage: the opioid crisis. Each of the candidates in a crowded field — both Republicans and Democrats — are staking out positions for handling the crisis, with some calling for dramatic measures to quell an epidemic...

4:21 PM Sunday, May. 28, 2017

In recent years the economy has dominated the race for governor in Ohio. This time a different topic might take center stage: the opioid crisis. Each of the candidates in a crowded field — both Republicans and Democrats — are staking out positions for handling the crisis, with some calling for dramatic measures to quell an epidemic...
Women travel longer distances for abortions
 Legislative and legal battles have helped to close at least 10 abortion clinics in Ohio and surrounding states since 2010, creating vast areas where the procedure is all but banned unless women are able to travel long distances — 100 miles or more in some cases. A University of Cincinnati doctoral candidate who faced the strong likelihood...

4:00 AM Saturday, May. 27, 2017

Legislative and legal battles have helped to close at least 10 abortion clinics in Ohio and surrounding states since 2010, creating vast areas where the procedure is all but banned unless women are able to travel long distances — 100 miles or more in some cases. A University of Cincinnati doctoral candidate who faced the strong likelihood...
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