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Governor’s debate: What the candidates said about the opioid crisis
 What the next governor of Ohio plans to do about the opioid crisis was a major topic of the first debate between candidates Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine Wednesday night. Cordray repeatedly accused DeWine of failing to solve the problem during eight years as attorney general, the state’s top law enforcement officer...

Posted: 3 days ago

What the next governor of Ohio plans to do about the opioid crisis was a major topic of the first debate between candidates Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine Wednesday night. Cordray repeatedly accused DeWine of failing to solve the problem during eight years as attorney general, the state’s top law enforcement officer...
Opioid crisis: $71.5M in federal funds coming to Ohio
 Ohio will receive $71.5 million over the next two years to combat the opioid epidemic as part of an ongoing federal grant program designed to increase drug treatment access and reduce opioid-related deaths. Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has committed another $1 billion in grants to helping states carryout their...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ohio will receive $71.5 million over the next two years to combat the opioid epidemic as part of an ongoing federal grant program designed to increase drug treatment access and reduce opioid-related deaths. Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has committed another $1 billion in grants to helping states carryout their...
Senate to vote on opioid crisis package this week
 In an effort to fight the ongoing opioid epidemic, lawmakers in both Columbus and Washington, D.C., have been pushing dozens of bills that could impact prevention and treatment efforts in the Dayton region. Both houses of Congress have worked in recent months to combine bills into bipartisan packages of legislation that include everything...

Posted: 14 days ago

In an effort to fight the ongoing opioid epidemic, lawmakers in both Columbus and Washington, D.C., have been pushing dozens of bills that could impact prevention and treatment efforts in the Dayton region. Both houses of Congress have worked in recent months to combine bills into bipartisan packages of legislation that include everything...
$5M pilot program to encourage employers to hire recovering addicts
 The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will launch a pilot program in Montgomery County to support employers willing to hire workers overcoming a drug addiction. The Opioid Workplace Safety Program will provide up to $5 million over two years to help employers in Montgomery, Ross and Scioto counties hire, manage and retain workers...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will launch a pilot program in Montgomery County to support employers willing to hire workers overcoming a drug addiction. The Opioid Workplace Safety Program will provide up to $5 million over two years to help employers in Montgomery, Ross and Scioto counties hire, manage and retain workers...
Agency defends hiring of employee tied to ‘Joe the Plumber’ scandal
 A former state employee who was fired a decade ago amid the “Joe the Plumber” scandal is now working for his old boss as the chief financial officer for the Montgomery County Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board. ADAMHS Executive Director Helen Jones-Kelley this month hired Doug Thompson to fill the vacant CFO...

Posted: 19 days ago

A former state employee who was fired a decade ago amid the “Joe the Plumber” scandal is now working for his old boss as the chief financial officer for the Montgomery County Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board. ADAMHS Executive Director Helen Jones-Kelley this month hired Doug Thompson to fill the vacant CFO...
Dayton Mayor Whaley behind plan for cabinet-level office to address opioid epidemic
 Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley joined mayors from several other Ohio cities Thursday in Columbus to support a bill that would create a cabinet-level Office of Drug Policy. The legislation, being introduced in the lame-duck session by state Rep. Richard Brown, D-Canal Winchester, is modeled after suggestions from the bipartisan Ohio Mayor’s...

Posted: 24 days ago

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley joined mayors from several other Ohio cities Thursday in Columbus to support a bill that would create a cabinet-level Office of Drug Policy. The legislation, being introduced in the lame-duck session by state Rep. Richard Brown, D-Canal Winchester, is modeled after suggestions from the bipartisan Ohio Mayor’s...
National Overdose Awareness Day observance Friday in Dayton
 Dayton Recovers is hosting a National Overdose Awareness Day observance on Friday at Bomberger Park. Anyone who has lost a loved one to a drug overdose is invited to pay homage to them at the park in St. Anne’s Hill starting at 7 p.m. The event will include a moment of silence that will last 197 seconds — representing the average...

Posted: 25 days ago

Dayton Recovers is hosting a National Overdose Awareness Day observance on Friday at Bomberger Park. Anyone who has lost a loved one to a drug overdose is invited to pay homage to them at the park in St. Anne’s Hill starting at 7 p.m. The event will include a moment of silence that will last 197 seconds — representing the average...
Group rallies to combat addiction in Dayton area
 Thousands braved a heat index in the 90s Sunday afternoon to celebrate recovery from addiction in the Miami Valley. The fifth annual Families of Addicts’ Rally 4 Recovery rally held in downtown Dayton was aimed to destigmatize addiction, celebrate recovery, demonstrate how many local families are impacted, and mobilize the community...

Posted: 28 days ago

Thousands braved a heat index in the 90s Sunday afternoon to celebrate recovery from addiction in the Miami Valley. The fifth annual Families of Addicts’ Rally 4 Recovery rally held in downtown Dayton was aimed to destigmatize addiction, celebrate recovery, demonstrate how many local families are impacted, and mobilize the community...
Big crowd expected at rally to combat addiction
 Upwards of 3,000 people are expected on Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton Sunday for the Families of Addicts’ fifth annual Rally 4 Recovery. The free event is intended to destigmatize addiction, celebrate recovery, demonstrate how many local families are impacted, and mobilize the community to pursue solutions, organizers said. Last...

7:49 PM Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018

Upwards of 3,000 people are expected on Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton Sunday for the Families of Addicts’ fifth annual Rally 4 Recovery. The free event is intended to destigmatize addiction, celebrate recovery, demonstrate how many local families are impacted, and mobilize the community to pursue solutions, organizers said. Last...
3 things you need to know about drug pricing to understand this week’s Medicaid changes
 This week, Ohio Medicaid announced it will be changing the way its managed care plans contract with pharmacy benefit managers to administer prescription benefits.  >> READ THE STORY HERE: Ohio Medicaid to cancel pharmacy middlemen contracts The change was announced as Auditor of State Dave Yost prepared to release a report...

7:11 PM Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

This week, Ohio Medicaid announced it will be changing the way its managed care plans contract with pharmacy benefit managers to administer prescription benefits.  >> READ THE STORY HERE: Ohio Medicaid to cancel pharmacy middlemen contracts The change was announced as Auditor of State Dave Yost prepared to release a report...
Pharmacist Bob Curlis
Pharmacist Bob Curlis works at Sidney Hometown Pharmacy in Sidney, Aug. 29, 2017.

6:27 PM Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

Pharmacist Bob Curlis works at Sidney Hometown Pharmacy in Sidney, Aug. 29, 2017.
Sidney Hometown Pharmacy
An employee helps a drive-thru customer at Sidney Hometown Pharmacy.

6:18 PM Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

An employee helps a drive-thru customer at Sidney Hometown Pharmacy.
Local chef in recovery serves up message of hope
 Greg Shaffer  of Washington Courthouse said his road to addiction began in his early 20s when he enrolled in culinary school and began working in restaurants. He’d been married, become a father and gotten divorced by the age of 22, so he was ready to party when he entered the world of professional kitchens — notoriously an easy...

10:00 AM Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

Greg Shaffer of Washington Courthouse said his road to addiction began in his early 20s when he enrolled in culinary school and began working in restaurants. He’d been married, become a father and gotten divorced by the age of 22, so he was ready to party when he entered the world of professional kitchens — notoriously an easy...
Former felon credits local company with giving him a second chance
 Paul Wise credits his employer, Electripak Inc. in Miamisburg, with giving him the chance that kept him in long-term recovery. Wise, 29, has a long history of drug use, beginning in middle school when, “I was using and selling drugs out of medicine cabinets.” His mom went to prison when he was a boy. He was adopted, and then he...

10:00 AM Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

Paul Wise credits his employer, Electripak Inc. in Miamisburg, with giving him the chance that kept him in long-term recovery. Wise, 29, has a long history of drug use, beginning in middle school when, “I was using and selling drugs out of medicine cabinets.” His mom went to prison when he was a boy. He was adopted, and then he...
Paul Wise
 Paul Wise, program and sales manager at ElectriPack Inc. in Miamisburg, says he's the exception to the rule because he's been able to advance in his career despite a history of addiction and a criminal record. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF

8:47 PM Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

Paul Wise, program and sales manager at ElectriPack Inc. in Miamisburg, says he's the exception to the rule because he's been able to advance in his career despite a history of addiction and a criminal record. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF
Paul Wise
 Paul Wise, program and sales manager at ElectriPack Inc. in Miamisburg, says he's the exception to the rule because he's been able to advance in his career despite a history of addiction and a criminal record. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF

8:47 PM Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

Paul Wise, program and sales manager at ElectriPack Inc. in Miamisburg, says he's the exception to the rule because he's been able to advance in his career despite a history of addiction and a criminal record. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF
‘Life Changing Food’: This eatery hires only people recovering from addiction
 At DV8 Kitchen in Lexington, Ky., much of the lunchtime crowd packs into booths and tables inside the hip, industrial-looking eatery and feasts on avocado toast and sandwiches served on fresh bread, which they can watch employees make by hand. Others choose to take their cinnamon rolls and sweet teas out on the pergola-covered patio and snap...

10:00 AM Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

At DV8 Kitchen in Lexington, Ky., much of the lunchtime crowd packs into booths and tables inside the hip, industrial-looking eatery and feasts on avocado toast and sandwiches served on fresh bread, which they can watch employees make by hand. Others choose to take their cinnamon rolls and sweet teas out on the pergola-covered patio and snap...
Montgomery County number one in state for overdose deaths per capita
 For the second year in a row, Montgomery County in 2017 had the state’s highest rate of accidental overdose deaths, according to preliminary data from the Ohio Department of Health expected to be released later this month. The data shows Ohio had 4,854 accidental drug overdose deaths last year, an increase of about 800 from 2016. Montgomery...

8:41 PM Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

For the second year in a row, Montgomery County in 2017 had the state’s highest rate of accidental overdose deaths, according to preliminary data from the Ohio Department of Health expected to be released later this month. The data shows Ohio had 4,854 accidental drug overdose deaths last year, an increase of about 800 from 2016. Montgomery...
New challenge for recovering addicts: finding a job
Jennifer Evans works in her family bakery in Old North Dayton. The business has hired individuals in recovery who live at Good Shepherd Ministries sober living homes. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF

4:31 PM Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

Jennifer Evans works in her family bakery in Old North Dayton. The business has hired individuals in recovery who live at Good Shepherd Ministries sober living homes. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF
Paul Wise
Paul Wise, program and sales manager at ElectriPack Inc. in Miamisburg, says he's the exception to the rule because he's been able to advance in his career despite a history of addiction and a criminal record. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF

4:15 PM Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

Paul Wise, program and sales manager at ElectriPack Inc. in Miamisburg, says he's the exception to the rule because he's been able to advance in his career despite a history of addiction and a criminal record. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF
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