wksu.org // By Jeff St. Clair Dr. Nicole Labor treats addiction at Akron’s St. Thomas Hospital, carrying on the tradition begun there in 1935 of treating addiction as a disease. Akron’s St. Thomas Hospital was the first in the world to admit alcoholics for treatment. That was in the early days of Alcoholics Anonymous. A…

WKBN.COM // By Stan Boney The State of Ohio will provide $250,000 for 14 detox beds on the sixth floor of St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown. YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County will be getting more beds for people recovering from addiction to help deal with the opioid epidemic. The State of Ohio will provide $250,000…

STAT News // by Max Blau // Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images A new form of a widely used opioid addiction treatment that is injected monthly instead of taken daily as a tablet was approved Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration. Experts say the eagerly anticipated new version of the drug may help patients reduce…

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids // Jessica Clay, Person In Recovery My mom always had dinner done by 4 pm, just as my dad would be coming home from work. He’d always help me with math homework, while history was more of mom’s thing. It was an idyllic and happy home. There was no forewarning that…

The Wellington Enterprise // By Jonathan Delozier A group discussion on drug addiction and its consequences was held at village hall during the Wellington police department’s prescription drug turn-in day. It was announced that $700,000 in grant dollars will allow for the creation of “quick response teams” that will follow up with those who’ve overdosed…

Future of Personal Health // Mediaplanet As the rate of accidental deaths from overdose continues to rise, Mediaplanet had a conversation with industry leaders focused on fighting and overcoming the stigma associated with addiction. According to the most recently available data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015 alone, 143 people died of a drug…

The Fix // Elizabeth Brico Ticking off each day that I don’t take a drug requires too much focus on an aspect of my life that I am trying to leave behind. My recovery is not only defined by abstinence from addictive substances. Do you know your sobriety date? If you’re doing the 12 steps,…

AMA Wire // Andis Robeznieks Strong evidence exists on how to treat opioid-use disorder. The challenge is getting payers and policymakers to understand it so that physicians and other health professionals are better able to follow it, according to one expert who has implemented a successful, evidence-based program at her institution. “We spent many decades…

The Columbus Dispatch // By Sam Quinones On Friday, Northern Kentucky University will host addiction researchers from around the Ohio River Valley. The newly formed Ohio River Valley Addiction Research Consortium will start small at this first meeting: some 90 researchers are signed up to attend. But its potential is enormous. I believe this region…

10tv.com // By Kevin Landers   Deep in the woods of Southern Ohio is a camp unlike any other in the state. It may look and sound like the summer camp you remember as a kid, but Camp Lionheart is not your typical camp. It’s a camp for grieving kids, and a growing number of…

wcpo.com // By Kristyn Hartman, Abby Anstead  CINCINNATI — The way Heather Fox’s newborn sleeps effortlessly in her arms makes it hard to believe the 2-week-old was exposed to heroin before she was born. Fox said her baby experienced symptoms as a result of the exposure, but they weren’t severe. Now a recovering heroin addict, she said…

ideastream // Lisa Ryan  Can public art impact someone’s life? The Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County hopes it can. The organization commissioned a mural for Cleveland’s near east side that depicts a woman with arms reaching out on a bright and colorful background. Flowers trail behind her, representing the…

cantonrep.com // By Shane Hoover CommQuest Alliance Detox and Recovery Unit will serve Stark and surrounding counties. ALLIANCE A new drug-and-alcohol detox center opened Monday at Alliance Community Hospital. The CommQuest Alliance Detox and Recovery Unit more than doubles the number of publicly funded in-patient detox beds in Stark County. Backers envision the unit as…

starbeacon.com // By Justin Dennis ROCK CREEK — Today, some Glenbeigh drug and alcohol addiction treatment patients will begin moving into a new, 32-bed residential facility, which officially opens Wednesday at the campus along State Route 45. The $3.2 million, 15,000 square-foot facility — announced in January — is the rehab center’s fifth expansion in…

alternativemedicine.com // Health Tips “Today, we are in the midst of an opioid crisis,” said David Ring, MD, PhD, chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Committee on Patient Safety. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 12.5 million Americans misused prescription opioids in 2015, and approximately 15,281 overdose deaths were…

STAT News // By Kate Sheridan // Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam / AFP / Getty Images Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price sparked a firestorm last week with his comments about medication-assisted treatment, saying that “if we’re just substituting one opioid for another, we’re not moving the dial much” in the nation’s opioid epidemic. Notably,…