US OH: PUB LTE: Physician Should Keep Focus On Kids
Columbus Dispatch, 29 Aug 2014 - In response to last Friday's letter "Smoking pot has ill effects on adolescents" from Dr. Peter D. Rogers, I do not disagree that smoking marijuana is harmful to adolescents. That is a scientific fact. What he does with this fact, however, is stretch it into an overly broad, sweeping opinion of all marijuana users.
US OH: PUB LTE: Society Should Learn From Past Prohibitions
Columbus Dispatch, 27 Aug 2014 - The Wednesday op-ed "Drug courts can help reduce recidivism" by Jack D'Aurora certainly offers a step in the right direction. However, it is only a step, not the final destination. I think we need to put up the white flag in the war on drugs. The most practical approach would be the legalization of most, if not all, of the illicit drugs. We have spent billions of dollars and seen innumerable deaths in the attempt to eliminate the supply and dampen the demand with little, if any, success. Production sites simply shift when confronted with possible destruction and demand remains unabated.
US OH: Today's Parents Face New Challenges With 'Covert'
The Vindicator, 24 Aug 2014 - It's hard for parents today to know the best way to guide their children through the years of teen and young-adult alcohol and drug experimentation because so much has changed since today's parents were teens. Thirty years ago, a policy change mandated by Congress approving the National Minimum Legal Drinking Act forced the states to change their legal drinking age to 21.
US OH: PUB LTE: County's Specialized Courts Give Offenders A
Columbus Dispatch, 23 Aug 2014 - I respond to Wednesday's op-ed column by Jack D'Aurora regarding the use of drug courts to reduce Ohio's inmate population. D'Aurora pointed out many of the benefits of drug courts, but the need for specialized dockets extends beyond drug-treatment courts. I am proud to say that Franklin County's judges have been proactive in reducing incarceration and recidivism rates through the operation of seven specialized dockets, four of which are drug courts.
US OH: Collins Part Of Summit On Drug Fight
The Times-Gazette, 20 Aug 2014 - Legislative Committee Discusses Drugs From A Law Enforcement Perspective WILMINGTON - Highland County Prosecutor Anneka Collins joined a mix of state representatives, public officials and local law enforcement gathered in Wilmington City Council chambers Tuesday to discuss the state's drug abuse pandemic - and, in particular, heroin.
US OH: Increased Use Of Heroin Antidote Costing Cities
Journal-News, 17 Aug 2014 - One way to gauge the depth of the heroin problem in the area is the increase in the use of Naloxone by local fire departments. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose, and the Hamilton and Middletown fire departments are reporting an increased use of the drug at an increased cost to cities, officials said.
US OH: LTE: Pelanda Drug Forum Is Laudable
The Marion Star, 09 Aug 2014 - Dear Editor: Marion owes a debt of gratitude to Rep. Dorothy Pelanda for rounding up a state legislature committee to study drug problems in Ohio. We all know heroin and other illegal drugs are a cancer on our community and others in Ohio. We have seen increased law enforcement activity for which we are grateful. Rep. Pelanda will head a committee of 10 house members to work with law enforcement officials to learn about this problem from the ground up.
US OH: Editorial: Expanding Treatment
The Blade, 07 Aug 2014 - Congress should change an outdated law that is hindering states in their battle against addiction Ohio's heroin and opioid epidemic has finally grabbed the attention of Congress. A recently introduced bill would expand treatment by changing an outdated law that restricts the use of Medicaid dollars to respond to addiction.
US OH: New Drug Aims To Help Reverse Opiate Overdoses
Port Clinton News Herald, 05 Aug 2014 - OTTAWA COUNTY - Ottawa County first responders have a new weapon in the war on drugs and combating drug-related deaths from opiates, and it comes in a tiny class vile. Every Ottawa County Sheriff's deputy will carry two doses of Narcan, the brand name for nasal naloxone, a new nasal spray used to prevent and reverse a drug overdose from opiates, including heroin and methadone.