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Drug recovery changing in Springfield, nation, offering hope
 The face of recovery from drug addiction in Springfield — and across the United States — is changing. People recovering told the Springfield News-Sun they have started to come out of the shadows and services to be coordinated in ways not seen just a few years ago. Common barriers to recovery have become clearer, they said, as...

10:00 AM Sunday, Mar. 18, 2018

The face of recovery from drug addiction in Springfield — and across the United States — is changing. People recovering told the Springfield News-Sun they have started to come out of the shadows and services to be coordinated in ways not seen just a few years ago. Common barriers to recovery have become clearer, they said, as...
How local man beat heroin: ‘I had to change everything’
 When Kyle Shaw of Miamisburg speaks about his path from incarcerated heroin addict to running a recovery housing non-profit, he tailors the story depending on the audience. With the men in the STOP program — people on probation who will soon transition from jail and back into the community — he talks a lot about the pull of the...

1:52 PM Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

When Kyle Shaw of Miamisburg speaks about his path from incarcerated heroin addict to running a recovery housing non-profit, he tailors the story depending on the audience. With the men in the STOP program — people on probation who will soon transition from jail and back into the community — he talks a lot about the pull of the...
Your questions answered about the opioid epidemic
 Many who attended the recent forums on opioids held throughout the Miami Valley by Your Voice Ohio and this newspaper submitted questions about the epidemic. Here are some of the answers to those questions. A variety of ways. Heroin may first enter the country through underground tunnels or in secret compartments hollowed out of car panels...

1:50 PM Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

Many who attended the recent forums on opioids held throughout the Miami Valley by Your Voice Ohio and this newspaper submitted questions about the epidemic. Here are some of the answers to those questions. A variety of ways. Heroin may first enter the country through underground tunnels or in secret compartments hollowed out of car panels...
‘A whole new life’: Local people share their addiction recovery stories
 From a mother of two who overcame a decade of being sex trafficked, to a young man just out of jail for what he hopes will be the last time, local people who have come out the other side of the opioid epidemic are telling their stories. No two recovery stories are exactly alike, but for each of the people interviewed here substance abuse...

10:42 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

From a mother of two who overcame a decade of being sex trafficked, to a young man just out of jail for what he hopes will be the last time, local people who have come out the other side of the opioid epidemic are telling their stories. No two recovery stories are exactly alike, but for each of the people interviewed here substance abuse...
Ohio gets more firepower in fentanyl fight
 Local law enforcement officers are getting much needed manpower and training support from the federal government in the fight against the fentanyl pipeline from China and Mexico. Homeland Security Investigations special agents who work under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have trained more than 300 law enforcement personnel in Ohio...

8:26 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

Local law enforcement officers are getting much needed manpower and training support from the federal government in the fight against the fentanyl pipeline from China and Mexico. Homeland Security Investigations special agents who work under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have trained more than 300 law enforcement personnel in Ohio...
How to get help: An opioid addiction resource guide
 We’ve heard from readers and those affected by the opioid crisis in our community that it can be frustrating trying to find accurate information on treatment options, recovery programs and other community resources.  To address this need for a one-stop shop for information, we’ve created this resource guide. Information may...

9:00 AM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

We’ve heard from readers and those affected by the opioid crisis in our community that it can be frustrating trying to find accurate information on treatment options, recovery programs and other community resources.  To address this need for a one-stop shop for information, we’ve created this resource guide. Information may...
Recovering from opioid addiction: ‘I had to get help or I was going to die’
 In recent years this newspaper has done posthumous profiles of many people whose lives were snuffed out by their addictions and the ever-more-potent drugs easily available on Ohio’s streets. We’ve reported on the government efforts to curb the climbing death toll and the cost to our communities. But we heard you, our readers,...

10:24 AM Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

In recent years this newspaper has done posthumous profiles of many people whose lives were snuffed out by their addictions and the ever-more-potent drugs easily available on Ohio’s streets. We’ve reported on the government efforts to curb the climbing death toll and the cost to our communities. But we heard you, our readers,...
Schools’ drug education efforts fall short
 Despite calls for more and better drug education to curb opioid addiction in Ohio, students in most local schools are not getting the level of comprehensive drug education recommended by experts and the Ohio Department of Education, according to a Dayton Daily News analysis. With the passage of House Bill 367 in 2014, every school district...

10:00 AM Monday, Mar. 12, 2018

Despite calls for more and better drug education to curb opioid addiction in Ohio, students in most local schools are not getting the level of comprehensive drug education recommended by experts and the Ohio Department of Education, according to a Dayton Daily News analysis. With the passage of House Bill 367 in 2014, every school district...
Phony invoice scam still popular, scamming businesses, BBB says
 Better Business Bureau serving Dayton and the Miami Valley is warning local businesses and individuals to be aware of phony invoice scams.  Scammers use phony invoices to fool businesses into paying for products the business didn’t order and, in some cases, the products don’t even exist. RELATED: Protecting your business...

9:16 PM Sunday, Mar. 04, 2018

Better Business Bureau serving Dayton and the Miami Valley is warning local businesses and individuals to be aware of phony invoice scams.  Scammers use phony invoices to fool businesses into paying for products the business didn’t order and, in some cases, the products don’t even exist. RELATED: Protecting your business...
21 local Girl Scouts earn highest honor, the Gold Award
 The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio will award 21 local girls the Gold Award this weekend, the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scouts in high school can earn.  To get the award, girls must complete a service project that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides lasting benefit to the larger community. Girls commit...

5:16 PM Sunday, Mar. 04, 2018

The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio will award 21 local girls the Gold Award this weekend, the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scouts in high school can earn.  To get the award, girls must complete a service project that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides lasting benefit to the larger community. Girls commit...
Did you get more in your paycheck? Here’s why
 Many Americans have seen bigger paychecks in recent weeks because of changes to how much employers are withholding for the government.  Due to the GOP tax law changes that went into effect in January, the Internal Revenue Service released new guidelines on how much employers should withhold for taxes from their employees' paychecks...

4:17 PM Sunday, Mar. 04, 2018

Many Americans have seen bigger paychecks in recent weeks because of changes to how much employers are withholding for the government.  Due to the GOP tax law changes that went into effect in January, the Internal Revenue Service released new guidelines on how much employers should withhold for taxes from their employees' paychecks...
‘No such thing as medical marijuana,’ Health Secretary says
 As Ohio prepares to launch its medical marijuana program by issuing licenses to cultivators, processors and dispensers, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in Kettering today, “There really is no such thing as medical marijuana.” The statement came during a press conference on opioids at an inpatient facility...

1:13 AM Saturday, Mar. 03, 2018

As Ohio prepares to launch its medical marijuana program by issuing licenses to cultivators, processors and dispensers, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in Kettering today, “There really is no such thing as medical marijuana.” The statement came during a press conference on opioids at an inpatient facility...
‘No such thing as medical marijuana,’ Health Secretary says at Dayton-area visit
 As Ohio prepares to launch its medical marijuana program by issuing licenses to cultivators, processors and dispensers, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in Kettering today, “There really is no such thing as medical marijuana.” The statement came during a press conference on opioids at Brigid’s Path...

12:34 AM Saturday, Mar. 03, 2018

As Ohio prepares to launch its medical marijuana program by issuing licenses to cultivators, processors and dispensers, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in Kettering today, “There really is no such thing as medical marijuana.” The statement came during a press conference on opioids at Brigid’s Path...
Health Secretary to Miami Valley: ‘You are not alone’ in opioid fight
 Fighting the opioid epidemic is an urgent priority for the federal government, according to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, with billions of dollars being poured into expanding access to proven treatments and researching alternative pain medicines. One day after the White House’s opioid summit, Azar visited the Miami...

11:00 AM Friday, Mar. 02, 2018

Fighting the opioid epidemic is an urgent priority for the federal government, according to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, with billions of dollars being poured into expanding access to proven treatments and researching alternative pain medicines. One day after the White House’s opioid summit, Azar visited the Miami...
Officials hope mental health screenings will prevent school violence

12:00 AM Thursday, Mar. 01, 2018

The plan to offer free, annual mental health screenings to students at all school districts in Montgomery County was in development before the Feb. 14 mass school shooting in Florida, but the tragedy has put an even bigger spotlight on the need for intervention before people get hurt, officials say. “This is disturbing behavior and...
20 Dayton neighborhoods where it is hardest to get a home loan
 Redlining — the historical practice of refusing credit to homebuyers in minority neighborhoods — has been outlawed since 1968, and banks have a legal obligation to conduct fair lending under the Community Reinvestment Act. But in many places, including much of West Dayton and Trotwood, federal loan data shows the law hasn&rsquo...

11:00 AM Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

Redlining — the historical practice of refusing credit to homebuyers in minority neighborhoods — has been outlawed since 1968, and banks have a legal obligation to conduct fair lending under the Community Reinvestment Act. But in many places, including much of West Dayton and Trotwood, federal loan data shows the law hasn&rsquo...
Modern redlining: Racial disparities in lending persist in Dayton
 Dayton is one of 61 metro areas in the U.S. where minorities are denied mortgage loans at higher rates than their white counterparts — a modern-day system of redlining that keeps minority neighborhoods from recovery, officials say. “It makes it difficult if not impossible to build wealth,” said Jim McCarthy, president and...

11:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

Dayton is one of 61 metro areas in the U.S. where minorities are denied mortgage loans at higher rates than their white counterparts — a modern-day system of redlining that keeps minority neighborhoods from recovery, officials say. “It makes it difficult if not impossible to build wealth,” said Jim McCarthy, president and...
Report: Opioids cost Midwest construction industry billions
 Opioids — including heroin and fentanyl — killed nearly 1,000 construction workers in the Midwest at a cost of more than $5 billion to the region’s construction industry in 2015, according to estimates in a new report by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute. The report confirms a trend identified by Dayton Daily News data...

6:45 PM Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

Opioids — including heroin and fentanyl — killed nearly 1,000 construction workers in the Midwest at a cost of more than $5 billion to the region’s construction industry in 2015, according to estimates in a new report by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute. The report confirms a trend identified by Dayton Daily News data...
Residents weigh in on drug crisis: ‘People are in despair and hopeless’
 Long wait lists for treatment. Insurance coverage requirements that can prevent an addict from getting help. A persistent negative stigma about addiction. These are some of the myriad complaints aired during three community forums last week hosted by Your Voice Ohio, a collaborative of more than 30 media organizations working to identify...

11:00 AM Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

Long wait lists for treatment. Insurance coverage requirements that can prevent an addict from getting help. A persistent negative stigma about addiction. These are some of the myriad complaints aired during three community forums last week hosted by Your Voice Ohio, a collaborative of more than 30 media organizations working to identify...
Drug crisis in Ohio: How can communities make a difference?
 In an extraordinary series of forums over the next week and a half, local citizens will get a chance to share ideas for how to best tackle an opioid crisis that killed more than 1,000 people in the region in both 2016 and 2017. The first session will take place at 2 p.m. today at the main library in downtown Dayton. Other sessions are scheduled...

11:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

In an extraordinary series of forums over the next week and a half, local citizens will get a chance to share ideas for how to best tackle an opioid crisis that killed more than 1,000 people in the region in both 2016 and 2017. The first session will take place at 2 p.m. today at the main library in downtown Dayton. Other sessions are scheduled...
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