Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US OH: PUB LTE: A Family Tragedy, And An Unwinnable Drug War

    New York Times, 20 Mar 2017 - Re "As Heroin Infests Farms, a Grieving Parent Fears for the Future" (front page, March 13): The view of Roger D. Winemiller, who lost two children to drug overdoses, that the solution to the drug epidemic is tougher penalties, while understandable, is misguided.
  2. US OH: As Heroin Infests Farms, A Grieving Parent Fears For The

    New York Times, 13 Mar 2017 - BLANCHESTER, Ohio - A life of farming taught Roger Winemiller plenty about harsh twists of fate: hailstorms and drought, ragweed infestations and jittery crop prices. He hadn't bargained on heroin. Then, in March 2016, Mr. Winemiller's daughter, Heather Himes, 31, died of an opioid overdose at the family farmhouse, inside a first-floor bathroom overlooking fields of corn and soybeans. Mr. Winemiller was the one who unlocked the bathroom door and found her slumped over, a syringe by her side.
  3. US OH: Town Center To Train For Using Naloxone

    The Blade, 19 Jan 2017 - The Town Center at Levis Commons, a retail center off State Rt. 25 in Perrysburg, said Wednesday it will train some of its security, cleaning, and management staff to administer a life-saving drug used to counteract opiate overdoses. The center said it was important to acknowledge the heroin problem with training about a drug that can halt the affects of an opiate overdose.
  4. US OH: Drug Company That 'Fueled' Opioid Epidemic In Kentucky To Pay

    Columbus Dispatch, 17 Jan 2017 - LEXINGTON, Ky. -- One of the nation's largest pharmaceutical distributors allegedly failed to report suspicious orders in Kentucky and elsewhere, contributing to a spike in abuse of painkillers called opioids, federal authorities have charged. McKesson Corp. agreed to pay a $150 million penalty for alleged violations of federal drug law, the U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday. The case was a civil, not criminal, matter.
  5. US OH: Opioid Detox Center Set To Open In 2017 In Maumee

    The Blade, 05 Jan 2017 - An addiction support group is partnering with a Florida treatment center to open a new opioid detox and treatment facility in Maumee - one of three potentially new detox centers in Lucas County. Matt Bell, a former University of Toledo baseball player with the addiction support group Team Recovery, speaks about his fight against heroin addiction.
  6. US OH: Kasich Signs Bills To Fight Heroin Epidemic

    The Blade, 04 Jan 2017 - COLUMBUS - Gov. John Kasich today signed another bill targeting Ohio's opiate and heroin epidemic. In 2015, Ohio led the nation in opioid overdose deaths. Senate Bill 319, sponsored by Sen. John Eklund (R., Chardon), expands access to the anti-overdose drug naloxone to entities such as homeless shelters, halfway houses, schools, and treatment centers that deal with populations at high risk of heroin overdose. It also offers civil immunity to law enforcement officers who carry and use naloxone.
  7. US OH: Ohio Highway Patrol's New Anti-drug Emphasis Is Bringing

    The Blade, 02 Jan 2017 - [photo] Trooper Mike Wilson of the Ohio Highway Patrol leads his canine partner, Pluto, past a truck on I-70 in Madison County. Last year, Ohio registered a record 3,050 overdose deaths, with many attributed to painkillers and heroin abuse. Lt. Robert Sellers said state troopers' first job is to protect the public. Last year, troopers recovered 156 pounds of heroin and record amounts of painkillers and methamphetamines.
  8. US OH: Ohio Troopers Add Anti-Drug Effort To Traffic Safety Mission

    The Blade, 31 Dec 2016 - Sgt. Kurt Beidelschies of the Ohio State Highway Patrol walks to his cruiser holding a truck driver's log books that will be examined for discrepancies after a drug-sniffing dog "alerted" to the presence of drugs on the truck along I-70 in Madison County. Lt. Robert Sellers of the Ohio State Highway Patrol explains how his agency's new focus on stopping criminal activity along with its traditional role of traffic safety has led to record drug seizures in 2016, including a variety of drugs due for disposal.
  9. US OH: Marijuana Supporters Worried By Trump's Attorney General

    Norwalk Reflector, 28 Dec 2016 - WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general is an outspoken foe of efforts to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes - and that has some wondering what it means for the 28 states that have legalized marijuana in some form. Those states include Ohio, which is in the process of working on regulations for its own medical marijuana legalization. Aaron Marshall, a spokesman for Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, said his hope remains with Trump, who has repeatedly said he supports leaving marijuana legalization efforts to the states.