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Montgomery County targeted for fentanyl crackdown
 Montgomery County is among 10 counties nationwide being targeted for a stepped up effort to prosecute those dealing the deadly opioid fentanyl and its cousins.  Federal and state officials announced Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.), Thursday, a new program that seeks to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in areas...

Posted: 7 days ago

Montgomery County is among 10 counties nationwide being targeted for a stepped up effort to prosecute those dealing the deadly opioid fentanyl and its cousins.  Federal and state officials announced Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.), Thursday, a new program that seeks to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in areas...
Report: Ohio Medicaid recipients prescribed high amount of opioids
 Thousands of Ohioans are being prescribed dangerously high amounts of opioid pain medication — including Vicodin, Oxycodone and Percocet — despite prescribing guidelines meant to lessen the risk of addiction, according to a new report from federal health watchdogs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector...

Posted: 9 days ago

Thousands of Ohioans are being prescribed dangerously high amounts of opioid pain medication — including Vicodin, Oxycodone and Percocet — despite prescribing guidelines meant to lessen the risk of addiction, according to a new report from federal health watchdogs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector...
Community, readers offer ideas to solve addiction epidemic
 One of the goals of our newspaper’s new Path Forward initiative is to have meaningful conversations with our community and readers about the region’s most pressing issues as we cover them. In launching the first stories looking at the opioid crisis over the last week, we asked our readers to share their thoughts on what a...

Posted: 19 days ago

One of the goals of our newspaper’s new Path Forward initiative is to have meaningful conversations with our community and readers about the region’s most pressing issues as we cover them. In launching the first stories looking at the opioid crisis over the last week, we asked our readers to share their thoughts on what a...
Free family recovery event at Wegerzyn Gardens Saturday
 The Recovery Alliance of Montgomery County (RAMCO) is hosting a free healthy recovery celebration event Saturday for families impacted by drug addiction. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wegerzyn Gardens Metropark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.  “The Community Overdose Action Team (COAT) is partnering with Five Rivers MetroParks...

Posted: 20 days ago

The Recovery Alliance of Montgomery County (RAMCO) is hosting a free healthy recovery celebration event Saturday for families impacted by drug addiction. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wegerzyn Gardens Metropark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.  “The Community Overdose Action Team (COAT) is partnering with Five Rivers MetroParks...
Dayton Recovers leader envisions brighter future for region after opioid crisis
 As Dayton and Montgomery County were plastered across magazine covers and featured in nightly news broadcasts last year as the “overdose capital” of the nation, Casey Steckling decided the public needed to hear the other side of the story. The Bellbrook native founded Dayton Recovers in January to tell the stories of hope and...

Posted: 21 days ago

As Dayton and Montgomery County were plastered across magazine covers and featured in nightly news broadcasts last year as the “overdose capital” of the nation, Casey Steckling decided the public needed to hear the other side of the story. The Bellbrook native founded Dayton Recovers in January to tell the stories of hope and...
‘My biggest supporters’: Mother of 7 rebuilding family after addiction
 For much of their 23-year marriage, Melissa Rodgers and her husband, Gary, managed to appear at times to outsiders as having a typical family life. They were raising seven children in Huber Heights. She worked here and there as a waitress while he maintained fairly steady employment as a mason. But cracks started to show: A lost job for not...

Posted: 22 days ago

For much of their 23-year marriage, Melissa Rodgers and her husband, Gary, managed to appear at times to outsiders as having a typical family life. They were raising seven children in Huber Heights. She worked here and there as a waitress while he maintained fairly steady employment as a mason. But cracks started to show: A lost job for not...
Melissa Rodgers
Melissa Rodgers listens to one of her sons talk about the effects her addiction had on the family.  She said repairing her relationship with her children hasn't been easy as they work to trust her again.  KATIE WEDELL/STAFF

Posted: 22 days ago

Melissa Rodgers listens to one of her sons talk about the effects her addiction had on the family. She said repairing her relationship with her children hasn't been easy as they work to trust her again. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF
Melissa Rodgers recovery
Melissa Rodgers, 43, smiles as she talks about her progress in recovery. She celebrated more than a year of sobriety in late May after 25 years of addiction to alcohol and various drugs. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF

Posted: 22 days ago

Melissa Rodgers, 43, smiles as she talks about her progress in recovery. She celebrated more than a year of sobriety in late May after 25 years of addiction to alcohol and various drugs. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF
‘We’re making a difference’: A day with Dayton’s overdose response team
 The man answering the door at an apartment on Beckman Street on June 12 has a history of drug use, including an overdose about a week earlier from which he was revived with Narcan. When he first sees Dayton Police Officer Jason Olson and Emergency Medical Technician Amy Dunkin standing in his doorway he’s defensive, saying he doesn&rsquo...

Posted: 23 days ago

The man answering the door at an apartment on Beckman Street on June 12 has a history of drug use, including an overdose about a week earlier from which he was revived with Narcan. When he first sees Dayton Police Officer Jason Olson and Emergency Medical Technician Amy Dunkin standing in his doorway he’s defensive, saying he doesn&rsquo...
Can Dayton go from ‘overdose capital’ to a model for recovery?
 Our city was once a national leader for innovation. Last year Dayton got a different label: overdose capital of the nation. The numbers didn’t entirely support that, but pictures have power — and instead of Wilbur and Orville on a flying machine, Dayton’s iconic photo felt overtaken by an image of a passed-out person on...

Posted: 25 days ago

Our city was once a national leader for innovation. Last year Dayton got a different label: overdose capital of the nation. The numbers didn’t entirely support that, but pictures have power — and instead of Wilbur and Orville on a flying machine, Dayton’s iconic photo felt overtaken by an image of a passed-out person on...
White House, Truth Campaign launch opioid education ads
 The Trump Administration is partnering with the Truth Campaign and the Ad Council to launch a series of digital and television ads aimed at educating young people about opioids and preventing new addictions.  Truth was the group behind past tobacco cessation campaigns they say prevented 1 million young people from beginning to smoke...

3:10 PM Thursday, Jun. 07, 2018

The Trump Administration is partnering with the Truth Campaign and the Ad Council to launch a series of digital and television ads aimed at educating young people about opioids and preventing new addictions.  Truth was the group behind past tobacco cessation campaigns they say prevented 1 million young people from beginning to smoke...
UD students make opioids subject of documentary
 University of Dayton students sometimes report a disconnect from issues facing the greater Dayton community, but the opioid epidemic is one problem that has permeated the campus bubble. The crisis has touched so many students personally — both those from Ohio and out-of-state — and has come to define Dayton to the outside world...

10:00 AM Thursday, May. 10, 2018

University of Dayton students sometimes report a disconnect from issues facing the greater Dayton community, but the opioid epidemic is one problem that has permeated the campus bubble. The crisis has touched so many students personally — both those from Ohio and out-of-state — and has come to define Dayton to the outside world...
Few upsets in local statehouse races
 In the end, few of the Ohio statehouse races were close on Tuesday, though some were extremely hard fought in a year when Republicans will try to preserve their heavy majority in the Ohio House and Senate. Winners in some of the more high profile local races included State Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, who turned back a challenge from...

9:25 PM Wednesday, May. 09, 2018

In the end, few of the Ohio statehouse races were close on Tuesday, though some were extremely hard fought in a year when Republicans will try to preserve their heavy majority in the Ohio House and Senate. Winners in some of the more high profile local races included State Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, who turned back a challenge from...
Highlights from Tuesday’s election
 Tuesday’s ballot was packed with races and issues. There were some big surprises, close races and a lot to keep up with. Here’s a look at 10 highlights from the election: Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine each fended off challengers from within their political parties on Tuesday and will now face each other in...

5:46 AM Wednesday, May. 09, 2018

Tuesday’s ballot was packed with races and issues. There were some big surprises, close races and a lot to keep up with. Here’s a look at 10 highlights from the election: Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine each fended off challengers from within their political parties on Tuesday and will now face each other in...
Powell wins packed GOP race in Ohio 80th House district
 Jena Powell of Arcanum, a first-time political candidate, beat out three other Republicans in one of Ohio’s most expensive statehouse primary races on Tuesday.  Powell, 24, won 49.5 percent of the 14,584 votes cast in the race.  John W. “Bud” O’Brien of Troy came in second with 21 percent of votes. J.D. Winteregg...

12:26 AM Wednesday, May. 09, 2018

Jena Powell of Arcanum, a first-time political candidate, beat out three other Republicans in one of Ohio’s most expensive statehouse primary races on Tuesday.  Powell, 24, won 49.5 percent of the 14,584 votes cast in the race.  John W. “Bud” O’Brien of Troy came in second with 21 percent of votes. J.D. Winteregg...
Scott Lipps wins GOP primary in Warren County House race
 State Rep. Scott Lipps, R-Franklin, held off challenger Daniel Kroger of Springboro to win the Republican nomination for the 62nd Ohio House District.  Lipps received 61 percent of the vote according to final, unofficial results.  There were 13,629 votes cast in the race. Lipps unofficially got 8,282 and Kroger 5...

11:08 PM Tuesday, May. 08, 2018

State Rep. Scott Lipps, R-Franklin, held off challenger Daniel Kroger of Springboro to win the Republican nomination for the 62nd Ohio House District.  Lipps received 61 percent of the vote according to final, unofficial results.  There were 13,629 votes cast in the race. Lipps unofficially got 8,282 and Kroger 5...
Smith wins 43rd House primary
 Jeffrey Todd Smith of Germantown won the Republican primary for Ohio’s 43rd House District, beating Clayton Councilman Kenneth Henning. Smith received 53 percent of the vote to Henning’s 47 percent, according to final, unofficial results.  The district includes all of Preble County, which Smith won with 57 percent of the...

10:54 PM Tuesday, May. 08, 2018

Jeffrey Todd Smith of Germantown won the Republican primary for Ohio’s 43rd House District, beating Clayton Councilman Kenneth Henning. Smith received 53 percent of the vote to Henning’s 47 percent, according to final, unofficial results.  The district includes all of Preble County, which Smith won with 57 percent of the...
5 things to know about the NFL’s first one-handed player
 The Seattle Seahawks’ selection of Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin in the fifth round of the draft on Saturday is one of those feel-good sports stories that gets everyone cheering. Here’s what you need to know about Griffin, who became the first one-handed player of the modern era.  Griffin was born with amniotic...

8:56 PM Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018

The Seattle Seahawks’ selection of Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin in the fifth round of the draft on Saturday is one of those feel-good sports stories that gets everyone cheering. Here’s what you need to know about Griffin, who became the first one-handed player of the modern era.  Griffin was born with amniotic...
Police: Man caught hiding in convenience store says the door was open
 Two men were found hiding behind the counter of a Dayton convenience store early Thursday morning and arrested for allegedly breaking in to steal cigarettes. According to a Dayton Police incident report, dispatch received a call that several people were breaking into the Convenient Food Mart at 405 Xenia Avenue.  When police arrived...

7:11 PM Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018

Two men were found hiding behind the counter of a Dayton convenience store early Thursday morning and arrested for allegedly breaking in to steal cigarettes. According to a Dayton Police incident report, dispatch received a call that several people were breaking into the Convenient Food Mart at 405 Xenia Avenue.  When police arrived...
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