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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
New challenge for recovering addicts: finding a job
 One of the challenges in changing our region’s image as the nation’s overdose capital will be putting the thousands of people in recovery back to work. As part of our initiative, The Path Forward, which is examining problems holding the Dayton region back, we’re looking for solutions to the employment problem for people...

10:00 AM Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018

One of the challenges in changing our region’s image as the nation’s overdose capital will be putting the thousands of people in recovery back to work. As part of our initiative, The Path Forward, which is examining problems holding the Dayton region back, we’re looking for solutions to the employment problem for people...
DV8 Kitchen
DV8 Kitchen in Lexington, Ky. hires only people in recovery from drug addiction.

7:41 PM Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

DV8 Kitchen in Lexington, Ky. hires only people in recovery from drug addiction.
DV8 Kitchen
DV8 Kitchen in Lexington, Ky. hires only people in recovery from drug addiction.

7:41 PM Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

DV8 Kitchen in Lexington, Ky. hires only people in recovery from drug addiction.
DV8 Kitchen
DV8 Kitchen in Lexington, Ky. hires only people in recovery from drug addiction.

7:41 PM Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

DV8 Kitchen in Lexington, Ky. hires only people in recovery from drug addiction.
DV8 Kitchen
DV8 Kitchen in Lexington, Ky. hires only people in recovery from drug addiction.

7:41 PM Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

DV8 Kitchen in Lexington, Ky. hires only people in recovery from drug addiction.
DV8 Kitchen
DV8 Kitchen in Lexington, Ky. hires only people in recovery from drug addiction.

7:41 PM Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

DV8 Kitchen in Lexington, Ky. hires only people in recovery from drug addiction.
Wright-Patt reported active shooter incident: What really happened, and what comes next?
 For about two hours on Thursday, a chaotic scene played out on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base after a report of an active shooter at the hospital in Area A. The incident temporarily closed all gates and drew responses from upwards of 100 local, state and federal law enforcement officers. Here’s a rundown of what we now know...

5:04 PM Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018

For about two hours on Thursday, a chaotic scene played out on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base after a report of an active shooter at the hospital in Area A. The incident temporarily closed all gates and drew responses from upwards of 100 local, state and federal law enforcement officers. Here’s a rundown of what we now know...
DeWine anticipates ‘major litigation’ against pharmacy middlemen
 The middlemen who manage pharmacy benefits for Ohio Medicaid could be facing legal action from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. The middlemen, called pharmacy benefit managers, have been criticized by some lawmakers and pharmacists who say they are taking too large of a cut of the tax money they manage for the state and are paying low reimbursements...

3:09 PM Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018

The middlemen who manage pharmacy benefits for Ohio Medicaid could be facing legal action from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. The middlemen, called pharmacy benefit managers, have been criticized by some lawmakers and pharmacists who say they are taking too large of a cut of the tax money they manage for the state and are paying low reimbursements...
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...

9:09 PM Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018

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...
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