drugs

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Senate leaders are working on moving a bill that could change the way the state punishes drug possession. The top Senate leader says the plan to change drug sentencing laws is one of the most important pieces of legislation they'll have during this two-year session. 

State Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) says they're looking over more than three dozen amendments proposed for the bill.

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Gov. Mike DeWine has said repeatedly that mental health and drug addiction are two areas he’ll focus on in his first budget. The group that he appointed to study the needs in those areas has delivered him a report, just hours before that budget comes out. 

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A major drug manufacturer is pumping half a million dollars into a program that helps at-risk kids in Appalachia. Gov. John Kasich is touting this donation as a major step forward but insists more must be done on the local level.

Kasich says it’s all hands on deck when it comes to helping the youth of Appalachia who often face issues of poverty and drug abuse.

He says a $500,000 donation from Pfizer will give the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio a boost but urges community members to step up and help each other.

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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;

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, September 11:

  • DeWine opposes Issue 1 on fall ballot;
  • Cleveland Clininc Children's to open first outpatient facility;
  • August state gambling revenue up from last year;
  • 18 businesses pull out of beer trail after derogatory social media post;
  • Black sorority members sue restaurant after police called;
  • Fallen tree kills woman, injures father;
  • Virginia fighter jets to fly to Ohio amid Hurricane Florence;

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Canton Prepares to Launch Its Needle-Exhange Program

Jun 19, 2017
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Canton is holding its first needle exchange later this month. WKSU’s Phil de Oliveira reports the program lets people who use injected drugs swap their used needles for clean ones.

Project SWAP (Stark-Wide Approach to Prevention) was created in response to a rise in hepatitis C cases in the area, and a HIV outbreak two years ago among drug users in neighboring Indiana.

The primary goal of the program is to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by getting contaminated needles off the streets. It also gives referrals to treatment and counseling services.

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Some Ohio prison guards have been picketing today outside the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville. They’re trying to draw attention to what they call state efforts to mislead the public about drugs in prison.

Prison guard Nick Brabson says drug activity inside the prison is at an all-time high. And he and other members of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association say the state is trying to convince Ohioans otherwise by cherry-picking inmate drug test results. Brabson says prison officials tend to tout one type of test.

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Students from around the state who are participating in the YMCA’s “Youth in Government” program went to the Ohio Statehouse today. Gov. John Kasich met with the group.

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The state’s battle against drug addiction takes place in venues ranging from homes to schools to major highways.

Once again, state troopers set a record for finding drugs on Ohio’s roads last year.

Highway Patrol Lieutenant Robert Sellers says the amount of drugs seized by the agency in traffic stops has increased every year since 2011. Last year alone, Sellers says the patrol seized over $50 million worth of drugs.

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Drug overdoses at Oriana House have led parents of clients to approach Akron City Council for help.

Oriana’s Executive Vice President Bernie Rochford appeared before a City Council joint committee meeting this week to answer questions about overdoses at the drug treatment facility, some of which were fatal.