drug addiction

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People suffering from addiction have a new online tool that can help them find the treatment they need right away.

The website, called DrugHelp.Care, is updated daily by healthcare providers with how many treatment beds are available.

One of the site's creators who is an associate professor at Cleveland State University, Patty Stoddard-Dare, says the site is already making a huge difference in how patients receive the care they need.

John Garrity, Executive Director
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Portage County has a new leader for its Mental Health & Recovery Board. John Garrity is taking over for retiring Joel Mowery.  Garrity brings 18 years experience in mental health and addiction services to the Portage County agency.

Managing care

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While many Ohioans are enjoying picnics, parades and fireworks, members of a group that wants to put a proposed ballot issue before voters this fall are working to meet the July 4th deadline.

A group that wants the state to spend more money on treatment for drug addiction instead of prison hopes to present more than 700,000 signatures from registered voters to the Secretary of State’s office to put the issue on the statewide ballot this fall – more than double the number they’d need to be valid to make that happen.

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Editor's note: The headline on this article has been changed to clarify Barrett's statement.

The chairman of Ohio-based drug distributor Cardinal Health apologized to members of Congress Tuesday. George Barrett joined four other drug-company executives in testifying about their role in the opioid crisis.

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The Ohio Board of Education is moving forward with the creation of statewide guidelines around the social and emotional learning of students. The Board voted Tuesday to create an advisory group to write standards for Ohio classrooms. Board Member Stephanie Dodd says the standards will serve as a central resource for teachers and administrators. They’ll focus on the age appropriate ways to teach children about tough topics like drug addiction, suicide prevention and bullying.