We thought we knew what drug addiction looked like. Then our nephew died in our house.

October 12, 2019 By Mary Anne French and Tom Wega

Derek John was such a special person. He was very smart, good looking, suave, debonair, humorous and very, very funny. He was college-educated and hailed from a loving family, but Derek picked up some demons in his young life, and in the end the demons took him down.


Stigma of opioids a hurdle to solving crisis

October 11, 2019 By Alvin Powell

“Stigma is a formidable barrier. Our country has ostracized, punished, and in some cases, even criminalized addiction,” said Michelle Williams, dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “And that has led people who know that they need help … to avoiding asking for that help. Even when they do work up the courage to go in and seek that medical care, there’s no guarantee that that courage will be met with the appropriate response.”


Opioid Crisis Affects First Responders and the Whole Community

October 11, 2019 By Jim McKay

First responders have long had a history of being susceptible to negative impacts on their mental health because of the nature of their jobs. Responding time and again to overdoses, sometimes involving the same people, can create burnout and post-traumatic stress disorder.


New Smart Phone App Helps Combat Opioid Addiction and Risks

October 10, 2019 By Jean Moon

Inspired by Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center’s work, the Overdose Prevention and Intervention Toolkit (OPIT) app features a self-assessment tool for those individuals struggling with opioid use disorder and their loved ones to gain awareness about the risks associated with misuse.


“Sesame Street” addresses opioid crisis as Muppet’s mother battles addiction

October 10, 2019 By Sophie Lewis

“Sesame Street” is teaching kids how to talk about an especially difficult topic — the opioid crisis. In a series of new segments, Muppet Karli reveals she’s been living in foster care because her mother is battling addiction.


Starting young: Opioid education a tool for prevention

October 9, 2019 By Randy Rieland

“With this generation, you can’t just say, ‘Don’t do drugs,’” Weems said. “You have to equip these kids with information and give them knowledge. Some people will tell me, ‘I can’t believe you’re doing this in the first grade.’ But I feel you can’t start early enough. I wouldn’t have said that 10 years ago.


Opioid crisis in U.S. military driven by combat exposure in the war on terror, research finds

October 4, 2019 By Clark Merrefield

United States military service members who experience combat are more likely to misuse prescription painkillers than those who don’t engage in combat, according to a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research.


What if genetic test could alert you to future addiction to opioids?

October 4, 2019 By Jessie Balmert

What if there was a genetic test that could determine whether certain people were more likely to develop opioid use disorder?

That’s the goal of a year-plus study that the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University will launch in January 2020 – the most comprehensive look into how our genetic makeup might affect addiction.


Ohio coroner says opioid crisis is ‘not going away’ after 10 deaths in her county in just over a day

October 3, 2019 By Charles Creitz

America’s opioid crisis is not going away anytime soon, according to an Ohio coroner whose county saw 10 deaths from the epidemic in a 26-hour period.

“We know here in Franklin County and throughout the United States, we’re having an issue with fentanyl,” Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz said. “Fentanyl is what’s driving many of the overdoses now throughout the United States, especially here in Franklin County.”


Methadone Treatment A Long Haul For Many Rural Residents

October 2, 2019 By Lisa Gillespie

New research analyzed drive times to methadone treatment in every county in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia, which have the nation’s highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths. The findings show that the average drive time to a clinic from a rural county’s population center is about 49 minutes. That’s compared to a drive time of about eight minutes in large metro areas. And for a patient trying to get methadone treatment, time spent getting to appointments acts as a barrier to treatment.