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Ohio voters overwhelmingly reject Issue 1, which would decriminalize low-level drug offenders
 Ohio voters defeated State Issue 1 Tuesday 63 percent to 37 percent, according to final, unofficial results.  The proposed constitutional amendment would have changed Ohio law to keep low-level drug offenders out of prison with the goal of promoting treatment of drug addiction instead of incarceration. But opponents raised concerns about...

Posted: 11 days ago

Ohio voters defeated State Issue 1 Tuesday 63 percent to 37 percent, according to final, unofficial results.  The proposed constitutional amendment would have changed Ohio law to keep low-level drug offenders out of prison with the goal of promoting treatment of drug addiction instead of incarceration. But opponents raised concerns about...
Recovering addicts take their fight to the boxing ring
 The latest incarnation of Drake’s Downtown Gym’s popular knockout boxing events will feature local people overcoming addiction. The Fighting Chance Boxing event will be held Nov. 10 and benefit Joshua Recovery Ministries, a faith-based group that sponsors sober living homes. Not all the fighters have had problems with addiction...

Posted: 12 days ago

The latest incarnation of Drake’s Downtown Gym’s popular knockout boxing events will feature local people overcoming addiction. The Fighting Chance Boxing event will be held Nov. 10 and benefit Joshua Recovery Ministries, a faith-based group that sponsors sober living homes. Not all the fighters have had problems with addiction...
‘Orange is the New Black’ author urges yes vote on Issue 1
 Two well-known authors are speaking out in favor of State Issue 1, the proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot that would reduce some drug possession crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. “Prisons and also jails are really ill-equipped to solve in any substantive way, problems of drug addiction,” said Piper Kerman...

Posted: 15 days ago

Two well-known authors are speaking out in favor of State Issue 1, the proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot that would reduce some drug possession crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. “Prisons and also jails are really ill-equipped to solve in any substantive way, problems of drug addiction,” said Piper Kerman...
$8M grant to connect employers with workers in recovery
 Ohio will invest $8 million over the next two years to help employers and unemployed workers in 16 counties overcome issues related to the opioid epidemic and to help build the workforce to address the crisis, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced Thursday. Montgomery, Clark, Butler and Preble counties are among those that...

Posted: 16 days ago

Ohio will invest $8 million over the next two years to help employers and unemployed workers in 16 counties overcome issues related to the opioid epidemic and to help build the workforce to address the crisis, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced Thursday. Montgomery, Clark, Butler and Preble counties are among those that...
County’s opioid prevention efforts get $1.5M to combat overdoses
 The Montgomery County Community Overdose Action Team has secured $1.5 million in federal Department of Justice grants to continue the local fight against drug overdose deaths. One grant totalling $1 million over three years will fund the county’s 360 Addiction Database Project, which will use data to better target early interventions...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Montgomery County Community Overdose Action Team has secured $1.5 million in federal Department of Justice grants to continue the local fight against drug overdose deaths. One grant totalling $1 million over three years will fund the county’s 360 Addiction Database Project, which will use data to better target early interventions...
What happens to fentanyl cases key dispute in Issue 1 debate
 One of the most confusing aspects of State Issue 1 is how people caught with large amounts of fentanyl would be handled in the court system. Issue 1 is a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot that would convert some lower-level drug felonies — felony 4 and felony 5 charges —to misdemeanors. The issue also dictates that...

Posted: 21 days ago

One of the most confusing aspects of State Issue 1 is how people caught with large amounts of fentanyl would be handled in the court system. Issue 1 is a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot that would convert some lower-level drug felonies — felony 4 and felony 5 charges —to misdemeanors. The issue also dictates that...
Montgomery Co. Coroner says local overdose deaths are climbing again
 President Donald Trump signed bipartisan legislation Wednesday aimed at confronting the national addiction crisis that resulted in more than 70,000 deaths in 2017. The signing came a day after new data showed the number of U.S. drug overdose deaths has begun to level off after years of relentless increases driven by the opioid epidemic. In...

Posted: 23 days ago

President Donald Trump signed bipartisan legislation Wednesday aimed at confronting the national addiction crisis that resulted in more than 70,000 deaths in 2017. The signing came a day after new data showed the number of U.S. drug overdose deaths has begun to level off after years of relentless increases driven by the opioid epidemic. In...
What Ohio did with the feds’ $26M for addiction treatment
 A new study provides a window into how states like Ohio are spending the millions of dollars they received from Congress in 2017 to fight the opioid crisis. In the first year of the program, Ohio spent 72 percent of the $26 million in emergency money it received through the 21st Century Cures Act, which was distributed in grants to county...

Posted: 26 days ago

A new study provides a window into how states like Ohio are spending the millions of dollars they received from Congress in 2017 to fight the opioid crisis. In the first year of the program, Ohio spent 72 percent of the $26 million in emergency money it received through the 21st Century Cures Act, which was distributed in grants to county...
Cutting through the hype: What Issue 1 would mean in Ohio
 State Issue 1 has become so divisive it has split some otherwise like-minded groups. Recovering drug addicts are speaking out for both the Yes and No campaigns. Law enforcement groups like the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association have come out against it, while former narcotics officers are campaigning for a yes vote. Sitting judges, too, are...

Posted: 27 days ago

State Issue 1 has become so divisive it has split some otherwise like-minded groups. Recovering drug addicts are speaking out for both the Yes and No campaigns. Law enforcement groups like the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association have come out against it, while former narcotics officers are campaigning for a yes vote. Sitting judges, too, are...
What Ohio’s governor candidates plan to do about the opioid crisis
 As drug overdoses continue to kill thousands of people in Ohio — 4,854 last year — each of the candidates for governor has an action plan to address the addiction crisis. But those on the front lines in the Miami Valley say none of the plans directly address housing for those in recovery — including funding for sober living...

10:00 AM Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018

As drug overdoses continue to kill thousands of people in Ohio — 4,854 last year — each of the candidates for governor has an action plan to address the addiction crisis. But those on the front lines in the Miami Valley say none of the plans directly address housing for those in recovery — including funding for sober living...
Veteran on VA rehab: ‘I’m just so thankful that I found this place’
 Editor’s note: This is one of several stories of local veterans who have struggled with drug or alcohol addiction and gotten help through the Dayton VA. You can read more about all the ways the VA is working prevent and treat addiction in the Miami Valley here: What is the Dayton VA doing to combat the opioid crisis? DAYTON ...

10:00 AM Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

Editor’s note: This is one of several stories of local veterans who have struggled with drug or alcohol addiction and gotten help through the Dayton VA. You can read more about all the ways the VA is working prevent and treat addiction in the Miami Valley here: What is the Dayton VA doing to combat the opioid crisis? DAYTON ...
From homeless veteran and addict to helping others at the Dayton VA
 Editor’s note: This is one of several stories of local veterans who have struggled with drug or alcohol addiction and gotten help through the Dayton VA. You can read more about all the ways the VA is working prevent and treat addiction in the Miami Valley here: What is the Dayton VA doing to combat the opioid crisis? DAYTON &mdash...

10:00 AM Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

Editor’s note: This is one of several stories of local veterans who have struggled with drug or alcohol addiction and gotten help through the Dayton VA. You can read more about all the ways the VA is working prevent and treat addiction in the Miami Valley here: What is the Dayton VA doing to combat the opioid crisis? DAYTON &mdash...
3 ways the Dayton VA is fighting the opioid crisis
 Many in the Miami Valley, including veterans, have a perception that the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a place for older vets injured in combat. But the VA provides many services to veterans of all ages, including help with alcohol and drug addiction.  Here’s three programs you might not know about: The Dayton VA has...

10:00 AM Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

Many in the Miami Valley, including veterans, have a perception that the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a place for older vets injured in combat. But the VA provides many services to veterans of all ages, including help with alcohol and drug addiction.  Here’s three programs you might not know about: The Dayton VA has...
Veteran and recovering addict: ‘The past will always catch up with you’
 Editor’s note: This is one of several stories of local veterans who have struggled with drug or alcohol addiction and gotten help through the Dayton VA. You can read more about all the ways the VA is working prevent and treat addiction in the Miami Valley here: What is the Dayton VA doing to combat the opioid crisis? DAYTON &mdash...

10:00 AM Tuesday, Oct. 09, 2018

Editor’s note: This is one of several stories of local veterans who have struggled with drug or alcohol addiction and gotten help through the Dayton VA. You can read more about all the ways the VA is working prevent and treat addiction in the Miami Valley here: What is the Dayton VA doing to combat the opioid crisis? DAYTON &mdash...
Vets twice as likely to fatally OD – what the Dayton VA is doing about it
 One of the state’s largest drug rehabilitation facilities sits on the west side of Dayton but many local residents — including those who could qualify for free care there — are unaware of its existence. With 99 residential beds, an outpatient clinic, and programs to help recovering addicts find housing and employment, the...

10:00 AM Sunday, Oct. 07, 2018

One of the state’s largest drug rehabilitation facilities sits on the west side of Dayton but many local residents — including those who could qualify for free care there — are unaware of its existence. With 99 residential beds, an outpatient clinic, and programs to help recovering addicts find housing and employment, the...
Michael England
Army veteran Michael England experienced several years of homelessness due to alcohol abuse, depression and anxiety before seeking treatment at the Dayton VA a decade ago.

9:09 PM Friday, Oct. 05, 2018

Army veteran Michael England experienced several years of homelessness due to alcohol abuse, depression and anxiety before seeking treatment at the Dayton VA a decade ago.
Ohio governor candidates clash over Issue 1
 State Issue 1 has emerged as a key point of contention in Ohio’s governor race, with the two major party candidates standing on opposite sides of the proposed constitutional amendment that would lessen some penalties for drug possession. At a press conference in Dayton Friday, Republican Mike DeWine said, if passed the ballot issue...

8:44 PM Friday, Sep. 28, 2018

State Issue 1 has emerged as a key point of contention in Ohio’s governor race, with the two major party candidates standing on opposite sides of the proposed constitutional amendment that would lessen some penalties for drug possession. At a press conference in Dayton Friday, Republican Mike DeWine said, if passed the ballot issue...
State cites progress despite 2017’s record for opioid deaths
 A record 4,854 Ohioans died of accidental drug overdoses last year, a 20 percent increase over 2016, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s final report on the opioid crisis’ impact on the state in 2017. Just as the report was released, Gov. John Kasich held a press conference Thursday to detail progress made by state...

8:13 PM Thursday, Sep. 27, 2018

A record 4,854 Ohioans died of accidental drug overdoses last year, a 20 percent increase over 2016, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s final report on the opioid crisis’ impact on the state in 2017. Just as the report was released, Gov. John Kasich held a press conference Thursday to detail progress made by state...
6 celebrities you didn’t know were born in Dayton (p.s. Happy Birthday Mike!)
 Lots of celebs can claim the Gem City as their hometown, including some you may not know about. Schmidt was born in Dayton on Sept. 27, 1949 and went to Fairview High School before a Hall of Fame baseball career that encompassed 18 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was a three-time MVP and hit .267 with 548 home runs and 1,595 RBIs...

3:19 PM Thursday, Sep. 27, 2018

Lots of celebs can claim the Gem City as their hometown, including some you may not know about. Schmidt was born in Dayton on Sept. 27, 1949 and went to Fairview High School before a Hall of Fame baseball career that encompassed 18 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was a three-time MVP and hit .267 with 548 home runs and 1,595 RBIs...
Issue 1: John Legend lends support to criminal justice reform measure
 Springfield native and Grammy award winning artist John Legend is lending his support to State Issue 1, a Nov. 6 ballot measure that would reduce criminal sentences for some non-violent drug offenses. Ohio voters this fall will decide Issue 1, a proposed constitutional amendment that is being bankrolled by billionaires including Facebook...

3:06 PM Thursday, Sep. 27, 2018

Springfield native and Grammy award winning artist John Legend is lending his support to State Issue 1, a Nov. 6 ballot measure that would reduce criminal sentences for some non-violent drug offenses. Ohio voters this fall will decide Issue 1, a proposed constitutional amendment that is being bankrolled by billionaires including Facebook...
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