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The Geauga County Board of Health will start distributing naloxone to the community starting this fall.

County health officials will distribute 250 kits of the opioid overdose reversal medication known as Narcan thanks to a $75,000 state grant.

Anyone can obtain a life-saving kit for free, said Geauga’s Director of Nursing, Christine Wyers.

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, May 24: 

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, September 24: 

  • Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio fatal drug overdoses increase;
  • East Cleveland school district files lawsuit against Department of Education;
  • State to distribute $12M through safety grants;
  • Canton City Schools dedicates historical marker in honor of Martin Luther King;

Ohio fatal drug overdoses increase

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, May 25:

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As opiate deaths continue to climb in Ohio, yet another deadly drug combination is making its rounds.

The “speedball,” a combination of heroin and cocaine, led to actor John Belushi’s death in the 1980’s. And the Ohio Health Department’s Dr. Mark Hurst says there’s a similar combination that’s responsible for the recent rash of opioid deaths in Ohio now. But this one involves something more potent that heroin.

“The potency of fentanyl is 50 times that of heroin and so it’s even more lethal in a dose than heroin would be.”

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Ohio's Overdose Crisis Extends Beyond Opioids

Nov 26, 2017
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The nature of the drug abuse driving Ohio’s state-wide overdose epidemic is more complex than opioids, according to the state official in charge of understanding it.

Warren Police Are Strained, but Empathetic During OD Crisis

Oct 23, 2017
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Hundreds, if not thousands, of people in the Mahoning Valley have been revived from  accidental drug overdoses in the last few years by a dose of Narcan from a police officer. And those officers are spending much more time administering the life-saving drug while on the job, local officers say.

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As the opioid epidemic grows in Cuyahoga County, all Cleveland police cars are now equipped with spray version of the medication needed to counteract an overdose. Until recently, only Cleveland paramedics and fire fighters carried the drug.

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Ohio is suing five of the nation’s largest drug companies, blaming them for contributing to the state’s opioid crisis.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says five major drug companies have put profits over the safety of Ohioans.