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Akron-Canton Airport is the first airport in the country to install kits containing Narcan, a device that delivers the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone. The airport is teaming up with City of Green officials to install seven Naloxbox units inside the facility. The city’s drug task force will pay for three of the $250 kits. The president and CEO of Akron-Canton Airport, Ren Camacho, said they want to be ready for emergencies.

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.

Ohio Coroners Warn Of July Spike In Overdose Deaths

Jul 11, 2019

Ohio coroners are raising new warnings following a spike in drug overdose deaths.

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, November 19:


Here are your morning headlines for Friday, October 5:

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, September 6:

  • Smucker Co. completes $375M sale;
  • Akron's West Point Market to shut down;
  • Purdue Pharma to make grant for low-dose naloxone nasal spray;
  • Documents show potential tax charges in December Cleveland City Hall raid;
  • Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert looking to exit casino business;
  • Obama to campaign for Democrats in Cleveland; 

Smucker Co. completes $375M sale

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State authorities continue to investigate an apparent mass accidental drug overdose involving guards, nurses and inmates at a Chillicothe prison.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Robert Sellers said a total of 29 people were affected – 23 corrections officers, four nurses and two inmates. 

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, June 18:

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United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, May 2:

Ohio Schools Stock Overdose Reversing Drug

Apr 11, 2018

The U.S. Surgeon General has issued an advisory, encouraging more Americans to carry the overdose reversing drug naloxone. It comes in the form of an injection or a nasal spray, known as Narcan, and is regularly carried by firefighters, EMTs and police officers. The antidote is also becoming more and more common in Ohio schools.

Ohio's Overdose Crisis Extends Beyond Opioids

Nov 26, 2017
Andrea Boxill

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.

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, November 17th:

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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Stark County is offering Narcan over-dose revival kits to opiate-addicted inmates who are released from the county jail.   

Sheriff George Maier says Stark County’s health department is trying to get the potentially life-saving kits into the hands of high-risk individuals, and the jail is one place where they can be found.

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Akron Public Schools will have Narcan on hand this fall.  Monday, the school board approved equipping the district’s 18 high schools and middle schools with the opioid overdose antidote.

Although there has never been a reported overdose case in an Akron school, in the face of the opioid crisis the school board decided to take preemptive action. 

School spokesman Mark Williamson says having Narcan available is a first step.

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The ACLU of Ohio is urging the Washington Courthouse to stop its practice of charging people who need to be revived with an anti-overdose antidote.


Health and safety officials in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County hope expanded use of the heroin overdose antidote Narcan will save more lives. 

Cleveland EMS Commissioner Nichole Carlton says in the next month, all Cleveland police officers will be trained to administer Narcan. All firefighters have already been trained.

A video guide to saving a life:

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Narcan (also known as Naloxone) is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug. Narcan blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and quickly restores breathing. 

Last year, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed legislation that expands the use of Narcan, making it available to schools, homeless shelters, halfway houses and treatment centers.


Narcan, the medication that can offset the effects of opiates and revive overdose victims, is widely carried by area police, fire and EMT personnel.  But, with winter coming on, first-responders are having to learn more about the drug and how to handle it.

Heat is the issue. Too much or two little can ruin Narcan, also knowns as naloxone. So, emergency-response units are being trained in how to keep it ‘temperature-secure’ in cruisers, trucks and ambulances on blazing days or freezing nights.

Amid OD Epidemic, New Law aims to Save Lives

Sep 12, 2016
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As of September 13th,  2016, a person on the scene of a drug overdose in Ohio can call for help without fear of being arrested themselves on minor drug charges.

“Good Samaritan Law”
On the cusp of the new law going into effect statewide, there was a gathering in Green to call attention to it.  The meeting was a coming together of lawmakers, law enforcement officers, first responders; and families touched by fatal overdoses. 


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Akron police are being trained this week on how to use the drug Naloxone to revive overdose victims.  And as WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, other cities – and the public – have been getting the training as well.