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$29M coming to Ohio to continue battling opioid crisis
 The federal government released the second installment of State Opioid Response grants Thursday and Ohio will receive $29 million to fight the opioid epidemic. Ohio received the first half of more than $55 million awarded through the SOR grants in 2018.  These funds will be used to expand access to addiction treatment, especially medication-assisted...

Posted: 15 hours ago

The federal government released the second installment of State Opioid Response grants Thursday and Ohio will receive $29 million to fight the opioid epidemic. Ohio received the first half of more than $55 million awarded through the SOR grants in 2018.  These funds will be used to expand access to addiction treatment, especially medication-assisted...
Congressman Turner urges next-day rally to counter KKK group coming to Dayton
 Congressman Mike Turner wrote Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley on Tuesday, expressing concerns about safety during a planned rally by a KKK-affiliated group in May. The Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana plans to rally on Courthouse Square in Dayton. Several groups have announced or discussed plans for counter rallies or gatherings on the same day...

Posted: 2 days ago

Congressman Mike Turner wrote Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley on Tuesday, expressing concerns about safety during a planned rally by a KKK-affiliated group in May. The Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana plans to rally on Courthouse Square in Dayton. Several groups have announced or discussed plans for counter rallies or gatherings on the same day...
Late peak to flu season closes 2nd school district in 2 weeks
 A local school district has canceled all classes due to a large number of ill students, the second district to do so in two weeks as flu season hits a late peak. Northridge Local Schools were closed Thursday and will remain closed Friday. That includes Northridge High School, Esther Dennis Middle School at Grafton Elementary, John H. Morrison...

Posted: 7 days ago

A local school district has canceled all classes due to a large number of ill students, the second district to do so in two weeks as flu season hits a late peak. Northridge Local Schools were closed Thursday and will remain closed Friday. That includes Northridge High School, Esther Dennis Middle School at Grafton Elementary, John H. Morrison...
3 things I learned covering the opioid crisis in Dayton
 When the Dayton Daily News launched our Path Forward initiative last year to investigate and identify solutions to our community’s more pressing problems, I thought I already knew a lot about drug addiction. I’d worked on a past project about pill mills, interviewed staff at a methadone clinic, and covered the crime and courts...

Posted: 11 days ago

When the Dayton Daily News launched our Path Forward initiative last year to investigate and identify solutions to our community’s more pressing problems, I thought I already knew a lot about drug addiction. I’d worked on a past project about pill mills, interviewed staff at a methadone clinic, and covered the crime and courts...
Dayton cut overdose deaths in half — and learned these lessons to prevent another crisis
 Once synonymous with the opioid crisis, Dayton is now the place other communities call when they’re looking for solutions. Montgomery County had just come off a record number of overdose deaths in 2017 when the Dayton Daily News set out last year to investigate answers to the region’s biggest problems for our Path Forward initiative...

Posted: 12 days ago

Once synonymous with the opioid crisis, Dayton is now the place other communities call when they’re looking for solutions. Montgomery County had just come off a record number of overdose deaths in 2017 when the Dayton Daily News set out last year to investigate answers to the region’s biggest problems for our Path Forward initiative...
Ohio rule changes spark debate about addiction treatment
 A proposed state rule change has raised debate about what is the most effective way to treat opioid addiction. The Ohio medical board proposed new rules late last year for doctors prescribing buprenorphine — one of the three FDA-approved drugs for treating opioid use disorder, also called Suboxone. The state already requires patients...

Posted: 24 days ago

A proposed state rule change has raised debate about what is the most effective way to treat opioid addiction. The Ohio medical board proposed new rules late last year for doctors prescribing buprenorphine — one of the three FDA-approved drugs for treating opioid use disorder, also called Suboxone. The state already requires patients...
Worker’s comp to phase out use of OxyContin

Posted: 27 days ago

The state fund for injured workers will stop covering new prescriptions for OxyContin, one of the most widely abused painkillers that has been blamed for launching the nation’s opioid crisis. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation also says it wants to begin phasing out the drug for injured workers currently taking it. Montgomery...
How to become a foster parent in Ohio
 Ohio is making it easier to find information on fostering and adopting children as the opioid epidemic has increased the need for caregivers. The state launched a new website that serves as a one-stop shop for adults in any county to learn more about the foster system, find training courses in their area and apply to be a foster parent...

11:00 AM Monday, Feb. 18, 2019

Ohio is making it easier to find information on fostering and adopting children as the opioid epidemic has increased the need for caregivers. The state launched a new website that serves as a one-stop shop for adults in any county to learn more about the foster system, find training courses in their area and apply to be a foster parent...
Foster care system struggles to keep pace with opioid epidemic
 As the opioid crisis spread across the Miami Valley, it took a tragic toll on many of the region’s youngest residents — forcing more children into foster care and exposing many to severe trauma. County agencies have struggled to recruit and train enough foster parents, at times sending children from Montgomery County to homes...

11:00 AM Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019

As the opioid crisis spread across the Miami Valley, it took a tragic toll on many of the region’s youngest residents — forcing more children into foster care and exposing many to severe trauma. County agencies have struggled to recruit and train enough foster parents, at times sending children from Montgomery County to homes...
Coroner: No carfentanil spike locally, but OD deaths are up
 Coroners in two of Ohio’s largest counties — Franklin and Cuyahoga — have issued warnings following the reappearance of an opioid so powerful it’s sometimes used to sedate elephants. Officials in Montgomery County said they have not seen a reemergence of carfentanil in the illicit drug market in Dayton, but said there...

5:48 PM Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

Coroners in two of Ohio’s largest counties — Franklin and Cuyahoga — have issued warnings following the reappearance of an opioid so powerful it’s sometimes used to sedate elephants. Officials in Montgomery County said they have not seen a reemergence of carfentanil in the illicit drug market in Dayton, but said there...
Forum: Cedarville community talks opioid crisis
 “Break the stigma,” and “Don’t be afraid to talk about it,” were among the messages from author and TV commentator Eric Bolling about the opioid epidemic at an appearance in Greene County this week. Hundreds of Cedarville University students and community members attended the “Your Voice, Your Future&rdquo...

7:00 AM Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019

“Break the stigma,” and “Don’t be afraid to talk about it,” were among the messages from author and TV commentator Eric Bolling about the opioid epidemic at an appearance in Greene County this week. Hundreds of Cedarville University students and community members attended the “Your Voice, Your Future&rdquo...
Convicted 12 times, mom turns life ‘180 degrees’ after drug court
 Melissa Rodgers knows what it means to be in the revolving door of the criminal justice system. The 43-year-old has been sentenced for criminal convictions in Montgomery County 12 times over 20 years. When the Dayton Daily News first profiled Rodgers in June of 2018, she had marked one year in recovery from drugs and alcohol. In October...

11:00 AM Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

Melissa Rodgers knows what it means to be in the revolving door of the criminal justice system. The 43-year-old has been sentenced for criminal convictions in Montgomery County 12 times over 20 years. When the Dayton Daily News first profiled Rodgers in June of 2018, she had marked one year in recovery from drugs and alcohol. In October...
This local drug court cut rate of new felonies by more than half
 Local drug courts reduced the number of convicted criminals who committed new felonies by more than half in at least one local court examined by the Dayton Daily News. Between 80 and 90 percent of property crimes in the Miami Valley in recent years have been related to drug addiction, according to local prosecutors and a study from the city...

11:00 AM Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019

Local drug courts reduced the number of convicted criminals who committed new felonies by more than half in at least one local court examined by the Dayton Daily News. Between 80 and 90 percent of property crimes in the Miami Valley in recent years have been related to drug addiction, according to local prosecutors and a study from the city...
Gov. DeWine kicks off addiction listening tour in Dayton
 Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday kicked off a statewide listening tour on the addiction crisis with a stop in Dayton, where he heard from members of the area’s Community Overdose Action Team. “I wanted to bring my cabinet here,” DeWine said. “Because Montgomery County and Dayton are doing a very, very good job.”...

10:12 PM Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday kicked off a statewide listening tour on the addiction crisis with a stop in Dayton, where he heard from members of the area’s Community Overdose Action Team. “I wanted to bring my cabinet here,” DeWine said. “Because Montgomery County and Dayton are doing a very, very good job.”...
National report details how Dayton cut overdose deaths in half
 Dayton and Montgomery County cut overdose deaths in half last year, and those efforts to combat the opioid epidemic are now detailed in a national comprehensive report. The report from the left-leaning Center for American Progress, titled “A Community of Recovery: Dayton, Ohio’s Compassionate, Collective Approach to the Opioid...

6:00 PM Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

Dayton and Montgomery County cut overdose deaths in half last year, and those efforts to combat the opioid epidemic are now detailed in a national comprehensive report. The report from the left-leaning Center for American Progress, titled “A Community of Recovery: Dayton, Ohio’s Compassionate, Collective Approach to the Opioid...
What we’re doing to tackle Dayton’s biggest issues
 A new reporting team the Dayton Daily News formed in 2018 has sparked conversations and initiatives aimed at addressing the most pressing issues facing the Miami Valley. The Path Forward has focused on three critical issues that must be addressed for the region to thrive: how the community changes its image as the center of the drug overdose...

11:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018

A new reporting team the Dayton Daily News formed in 2018 has sparked conversations and initiatives aimed at addressing the most pressing issues facing the Miami Valley. The Path Forward has focused on three critical issues that must be addressed for the region to thrive: how the community changes its image as the center of the drug overdose...
Program examines if fentanyl test strips reduce overdoses, save lives
 A more than $58,000 pilot grant will help local health officials determine if the distribution of fentanyl test strips can reduce drug overdoses and deaths. Since July, more than 2,800 test strips have been distributed via a National Association of County and City Health Officials grant awarded to Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County...

8:13 PM Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

A more than $58,000 pilot grant will help local health officials determine if the distribution of fentanyl test strips can reduce drug overdoses and deaths. Since July, more than 2,800 test strips have been distributed via a National Association of County and City Health Officials grant awarded to Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County...
$1M project to add new kind of drug treatment in Dayton
 People struggling with addiction will soon have more options when it comes to the type of treatment they can receive in Dayton. Woodhaven Residential Treatment Center will add a $1 million, 60-bed wing to its facility inside Elizabeth Place. This story is part of our Path Forward initiative in which we dig into our community’s...

5:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018

People struggling with addiction will soon have more options when it comes to the type of treatment they can receive in Dayton. Woodhaven Residential Treatment Center will add a $1 million, 60-bed wing to its facility inside Elizabeth Place. This story is part of our Path Forward initiative in which we dig into our community’s...
Gap store at The Greene closing
 The Gap store at The Greene Town Center is closing. Gap Inc. previously announced that up to 200 of its namesake stores could close after poor earnings reports. An employee at the Beavercreek location confirmed Saturday the store is having a going-out-of-business sale and will close, but did not have a closure date and referred all other...

4:04 PM Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018

The Gap store at The Greene Town Center is closing. Gap Inc. previously announced that up to 200 of its namesake stores could close after poor earnings reports. An employee at the Beavercreek location confirmed Saturday the store is having a going-out-of-business sale and will close, but did not have a closure date and referred all other...
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