Darcy Shepherd, a peer supporter who works with the Getting Recovery Options Working initiative, looks for people who are struggling with addiction in Dayton, Ohio, Oct. 3, 2018. Fatal drug overdoses have plunged more than 50 percent in Dayton from 2017, when the city had one of the highest opioid death rates in the nation.
Photo: Maddie McGarvey/The New York Times
Photo: Maddie McGarvey/The New York Times

Another national report featured Dayton and the opioid crisis. But this time, it was for what’s working.

Dayton and Montgomery County have been national examples of the devastation of the opioid crisis for years, drawing reporters from across the country.

This time, it’s because of positive signs.

A New York Times reporter visited the region and interviewed multiple officials to produce the article headlined “Why Drug Deaths Are Down in Troubled Ohio,” which printed on Sunday.

» READ THE FULL STORY: New York Times examination of dropping drug deaths in Dayton

The article sites several community and health efforts that have dipped the overdose rate but also notes the changing drug challenges in the region.


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