opioid crisis

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A collection of farming and community groups, on the state and local level, gathered in Columbus to discuss how the agriculture industry can help in the fight against the opioid crisis. Farmers can play an important role, especially in rural Ohio.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Anne Hazlett said support from farmers can go a long way in helping rural communities overcome substance abuse, from raising awareness to supporting treatment efforts.

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Practice Analysis of Chiropractic 2015, NBCE / American Chiropractic Association

The number of prescriptions doctors are writing for opioid pain killers is down and not just because they’re pulling back in the face of the addiction crisis.  Alternative approaches to pain treatment are finding greater acceptance in mainstream healthcare.  

Patients are looking for change
Bob Jones of Trumbull County has recurring pain from an old injury but isn’t going to be getting opioids.  He never wanted them anyway, and found his own solution for pain relief. 

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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

Here are your morning headlines for Monday, June 18:

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Family of Tamir Rice

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, June 15:

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A task force of eight health insurers convened by the Ohio Attorney General’s office has come up with 15 recommendations on how they can help with Ohio’s deadly opioid crisis. Their list includes proposals on prevention, intervention and treatment of opioid addiction.

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