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How to become a foster parent in Ohio
 Ohio is making it easier to find information on fostering and adopting children as the opioid epidemic has increased the need for caregivers. The state launched a new website that serves as a one-stop shop for adults in any county to learn more about the foster system, find training courses in their area and apply to be a foster parent...

Posted: 11 hours ago

Ohio is making it easier to find information on fostering and adopting children as the opioid epidemic has increased the need for caregivers. The state launched a new website that serves as a one-stop shop for adults in any county to learn more about the foster system, find training courses in their area and apply to be a foster parent...
Foster care system struggles to keep pace with opioid epidemic
 As the opioid crisis spread across the Miami Valley, it took a tragic toll on many of the region’s youngest residents — forcing more children into foster care and exposing many to severe trauma. County agencies have struggled to recruit and train enough foster parents, at times sending children from Montgomery County to homes...

Posted: a day ago

As the opioid crisis spread across the Miami Valley, it took a tragic toll on many of the region’s youngest residents — forcing more children into foster care and exposing many to severe trauma. County agencies have struggled to recruit and train enough foster parents, at times sending children from Montgomery County to homes...
Coroner: No carfentanil spike locally, but OD deaths are up
 Coroners in two of Ohio’s largest counties — Franklin and Cuyahoga — have issued warnings following the reappearance of an opioid so powerful it’s sometimes used to sedate elephants. Officials in Montgomery County said they have not seen a reemergence of carfentanil in the illicit drug market in Dayton, but said there...

Posted: 7 days ago

Coroners in two of Ohio’s largest counties — Franklin and Cuyahoga — have issued warnings following the reappearance of an opioid so powerful it’s sometimes used to sedate elephants. Officials in Montgomery County said they have not seen a reemergence of carfentanil in the illicit drug market in Dayton, but said there...
Forum: Cedarville community talks opioid crisis
 “Break the stigma,” and “Don’t be afraid to talk about it,” were among the messages from author and TV commentator Eric Bolling about the opioid epidemic at an appearance in Greene County this week. Hundreds of Cedarville University students and community members attended the “Your Voice, Your Future&rdquo...

Posted: 19 days ago

“Break the stigma,” and “Don’t be afraid to talk about it,” were among the messages from author and TV commentator Eric Bolling about the opioid epidemic at an appearance in Greene County this week. Hundreds of Cedarville University students and community members attended the “Your Voice, Your Future&rdquo...
Convicted 12 times, mom turns life ‘180 degrees’ after drug court
 Melissa Rodgers knows what it means to be in the revolving door of the criminal justice system. The 43-year-old has been sentenced for criminal convictions in Montgomery County 12 times over 20 years. When the Dayton Daily News first profiled Rodgers in June of 2018, she had marked one year in recovery from drugs and alcohol. In October...

Posted: 21 days ago

Melissa Rodgers knows what it means to be in the revolving door of the criminal justice system. The 43-year-old has been sentenced for criminal convictions in Montgomery County 12 times over 20 years. When the Dayton Daily News first profiled Rodgers in June of 2018, she had marked one year in recovery from drugs and alcohol. In October...
This local drug court cut rate of new felonies by more than half
 Local drug courts reduced the number of convicted criminals who committed new felonies by more than half in at least one local court examined by the Dayton Daily News. Between 80 and 90 percent of property crimes in the Miami Valley in recent years have been related to drug addiction, according to local prosecutors and a study from the city...

Posted: 22 days ago

Local drug courts reduced the number of convicted criminals who committed new felonies by more than half in at least one local court examined by the Dayton Daily News. Between 80 and 90 percent of property crimes in the Miami Valley in recent years have been related to drug addiction, according to local prosecutors and a study from the city...
Gov. DeWine kicks off addiction listening tour in Dayton
 Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday kicked off a statewide listening tour on the addiction crisis with a stop in Dayton, where he heard from members of the area’s Community Overdose Action Team. “I wanted to bring my cabinet here,” DeWine said. “Because Montgomery County and Dayton are doing a very, very good job.”...

Posted: 25 days ago

Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday kicked off a statewide listening tour on the addiction crisis with a stop in Dayton, where he heard from members of the area’s Community Overdose Action Team. “I wanted to bring my cabinet here,” DeWine said. “Because Montgomery County and Dayton are doing a very, very good job.”...
National report details how Dayton cut overdose deaths in half
 Dayton and Montgomery County cut overdose deaths in half last year, and those efforts to combat the opioid epidemic are now detailed in a national comprehensive report. The report from the left-leaning Center for American Progress, titled “A Community of Recovery: Dayton, Ohio’s Compassionate, Collective Approach to the Opioid...

6:00 PM Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

Dayton and Montgomery County cut overdose deaths in half last year, and those efforts to combat the opioid epidemic are now detailed in a national comprehensive report. The report from the left-leaning Center for American Progress, titled “A Community of Recovery: Dayton, Ohio’s Compassionate, Collective Approach to the Opioid...
What we’re doing to tackle Dayton’s biggest issues
 A new reporting team the Dayton Daily News formed in 2018 has sparked conversations and initiatives aimed at addressing the most pressing issues facing the Miami Valley. The Path Forward has focused on three critical issues that must be addressed for the region to thrive: how the community changes its image as the center of the drug overdose...

11:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018

A new reporting team the Dayton Daily News formed in 2018 has sparked conversations and initiatives aimed at addressing the most pressing issues facing the Miami Valley. The Path Forward has focused on three critical issues that must be addressed for the region to thrive: how the community changes its image as the center of the drug overdose...
Program examines if fentanyl test strips reduce overdoses, save lives
 A more than $58,000 pilot grant will help local health officials determine if the distribution of fentanyl test strips can reduce drug overdoses and deaths. Since July, more than 2,800 test strips have been distributed via a National Association of County and City Health Officials grant awarded to Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County...

8:13 PM Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

A more than $58,000 pilot grant will help local health officials determine if the distribution of fentanyl test strips can reduce drug overdoses and deaths. Since July, more than 2,800 test strips have been distributed via a National Association of County and City Health Officials grant awarded to Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County...
$1M project to add new kind of drug treatment in Dayton
 People struggling with addiction will soon have more options when it comes to the type of treatment they can receive in Dayton. Woodhaven Residential Treatment Center will add a $1 million, 60-bed wing to its facility inside Elizabeth Place. This story is part of our Path Forward initiative in which we dig into our community’s...

5:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018

People struggling with addiction will soon have more options when it comes to the type of treatment they can receive in Dayton. Woodhaven Residential Treatment Center will add a $1 million, 60-bed wing to its facility inside Elizabeth Place. This story is part of our Path Forward initiative in which we dig into our community’s...
Gap store at The Greene closing
 The Gap store at The Greene Town Center is closing. Gap Inc. previously announced that up to 200 of its namesake stores could close after poor earnings reports. An employee at the Beavercreek location confirmed Saturday the store is having a going-out-of-business sale and will close, but did not have a closure date and referred all other...

4:04 PM Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018

The Gap store at The Greene Town Center is closing. Gap Inc. previously announced that up to 200 of its namesake stores could close after poor earnings reports. An employee at the Beavercreek location confirmed Saturday the store is having a going-out-of-business sale and will close, but did not have a closure date and referred all other...
Use of dating website led to capture of fugitive soccer coach in Florida
 A Germantown man who had been on the run from the law for 45 days after being convicted of sex crimes involving a 14-year-old was captured Friday evening in Florida. Justin K. Smith was captured shortly after 6 p.m. Friday in the Fort Walton Beach area. He was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail as a fugitive from justice. Smith had been...

1:53 AM Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018

A Germantown man who had been on the run from the law for 45 days after being convicted of sex crimes involving a 14-year-old was captured Friday evening in Florida. Justin K. Smith was captured shortly after 6 p.m. Friday in the Fort Walton Beach area. He was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail as a fugitive from justice. Smith had been...
Opioid addiction: Local treatment doctors disciplined
 More than a dozen Ohio doctors who have current waivers to prescribe an opioid addiction treatment drug have either lost their medical license or been disciplined for violations related to prescribing practices. A Dayton Daily News Path Forward investigation revealed that lax rules for treating opioid addiction allow tax money to go toward...

11:00 AM Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

More than a dozen Ohio doctors who have current waivers to prescribe an opioid addiction treatment drug have either lost their medical license or been disciplined for violations related to prescribing practices. A Dayton Daily News Path Forward investigation revealed that lax rules for treating opioid addiction allow tax money to go toward...
Local drug recovery group gets national attention, plans to grow
 A growing recovery support group in Dayton has hired its first executive director and has big plans for 2019. Families of Addicts was founded five years ago by Lori Erion and has since expanded to seven counties and served more than 7,000 families — connecting them with resources, providing Narcan training and other education and working...

11:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

A growing recovery support group in Dayton has hired its first executive director and has big plans for 2019. Families of Addicts was founded five years ago by Lori Erion and has since expanded to seven counties and served more than 7,000 families — connecting them with resources, providing Narcan training and other education and working...
Local mom in recovery: Jail ‘best thing that ever happened to me’
 Jennifer Clay managed for more than nine years to fool herself and others into thinking her drug use wasn’t a major problem. Starting with pain medication prescribed after a car accident when she was 18, she quickly developed a habit and moved to illicit pills and eventually heroin. “Almost the entire time I worked at a hospital...

11:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

Jennifer Clay managed for more than nine years to fool herself and others into thinking her drug use wasn’t a major problem. Starting with pain medication prescribed after a car accident when she was 18, she quickly developed a habit and moved to illicit pills and eventually heroin. “Almost the entire time I worked at a hospital...
Opioid crisis: Finding quality treatment a challenge
 It can be difficult for patients and families seeking help for addiction to figure out what is a quality program as treatment options have expanded rapidly in the region. Hundreds of resource guides are available online, but many are outdated or don’t differentiate between programs with multiple accreditations or state certifications...

11:00 AM Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

It can be difficult for patients and families seeking help for addiction to figure out what is a quality program as treatment options have expanded rapidly in the region. Hundreds of resource guides are available online, but many are outdated or don’t differentiate between programs with multiple accreditations or state certifications...
How 1 local treatment center focuses on high standards, accountability
 The Dayton Daily News visited a local treatment center that has one of the top international accreditations to see how its operation differs from smaller facilities that don’t have those credentials. Woodhaven Residential Treatment Center, located at Elizabeth Place in Dayton, was granted a three-year accreditation in 2017 by the Commission...

11:00 AM Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

The Dayton Daily News visited a local treatment center that has one of the top international accreditations to see how its operation differs from smaller facilities that don’t have those credentials. Woodhaven Residential Treatment Center, located at Elizabeth Place in Dayton, was granted a three-year accreditation in 2017 by the Commission...
Millions of tax dollars pay for new drug treatment — is it working?
 Millions in state and federal money has poured into southwest Ohio to address the opioid epidemic but a Dayton Daily News investigation found some of that tax money is going toward ineffective care as oversight of smaller treatment centers has lagged. Statewide about $1 billion is spent in tax dollars annually to address the opioid epidemic...

11:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 09, 2018

Millions in state and federal money has poured into southwest Ohio to address the opioid epidemic but a Dayton Daily News investigation found some of that tax money is going toward ineffective care as oversight of smaller treatment centers has lagged. Statewide about $1 billion is spent in tax dollars annually to address the opioid epidemic...
Attorneys general fighting for right to regulate pharmacy middlemen
 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine joined 32 other attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday, supporting states’ rights to regulate pharmacy benefit managers and address the rising cost of prescription drugs. Pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, act as middlemen between pharmacies, drug...

9:38 PM Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine joined 32 other attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday, supporting states’ rights to regulate pharmacy benefit managers and address the rising cost of prescription drugs. Pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, act as middlemen between pharmacies, drug...
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