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The Blade, 07 Aug 2014 - Congress should change an outdated law that is hindering states in their battle against addiction Ohio's heroin and opioid epidemic has finally grabbed the attention of Congress.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: Columbus Police, Fire Chiefs Now Subject To Drug Tests
Columbus Dispatch, 06 Aug 2014 - Columbus police and fire chiefs now are subject to random drug tests, a move safety officials hope will increase accountability and trust within the divisions. The city started the random tests for its highest-ranking officers a few months ago. It's the first time it has done so. Regular officers and firefighters have been subject to random tests for years.
US OH: Phila Judge: Jail Not Best Solution For Heroin Addiction
Times-Reporter, 05 Aug 2014 - Municipal Judge Nanette DeGarmo Von Allman has come to the conclusion that putting heroin abusers behind bars is not always the best solution - for the individual or society. Seated behind her desk, Judge Nanette DeGarmo Von Allman pointed to the various motivational photos and phrases that keep her grounded day after day, week after week. Those mementos help her as she meets with people who seem to be on a path of self-destruction - taking loved ones and strangers with them as they go.
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.