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August 7, 2022

Once feared, illicit fentanyl is now a drug of choice for many opioid users

People with opioid-use disorder are increasingly seeking out illicit fentanyl, often smoking it.
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August 4, 2022

Former Mahoning County Physician Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Illegally Prescribing Controlled Substances and Causing the Deaths of Two Patients

CLEVELAND - Martin Escobar, 58, a former Mahoning County physician, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Donald C. Nugent after he previously pleaded guilty to 54 counts of illegally prescribing controlled substances—including two counts of distributing controlled substances that caused the deaths of two patients and one count of distributing a controlled substance to a person under the age of 21—and 31 counts of health care fraud.
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August 3, 2022

Overdose reversal drugs gain support at music festivals, but not fentanyl test strips

A 26-year-old was found dead at his campsite during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in 2019.
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July 29, 2022

How Harm Reduction Ohio hopes nightlife workers can help save lives

What You Need To Know: Harm Reduction Ohio and CCS have teamed up to offer overdose intervention training. The groups are hoping to involve those who work in nightlife. Free Narcan and fentanyl testing strips are available after training. The groups hope the training helps save lives through quick, safe intervention.
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July 29, 2022

Lorain Man Sentenced to Prison for Role in Drug Trafficking Organization

A Lorain man was sentenced to 105 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Pamela A. Barker on July 28, 2022, for his role in a drug trafficking organization responsible for distributing cocaine and heroin in the Lorain County area.
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July 26, 2022

Teva Reaches Proposed $4.35 Billion Settlement of U.S. Opioid Lawsuits

(Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on Tuesday announced a $4.35 billion proposed nationwide settlement that could resolve thousands of lawsuits over the drugmaker's alleged role in the U.S. opioid epidemic.
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July 26, 2022

Study: Supplies of a Drug Meant to Fight Opioid Addiction Fell During the Pandemic

The nation’s per capita supply of methadone fell 20% from the first quarter of 2020 to the second quarter of that year, according to a new analysis.
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July 20, 2022

National Opioid Settlement helps Ohio communities combat opioid epidemic

What You Need To Know: Gov. Mike DeWine became the first in the nation to sue opioid makers and drug distributors in 2017 for the role they're played in the opioid epidemic. DeWine won the lawsuit and received a settlement of more than $8.6 million. The money will go towards helping Ohio communities combat the opioid epidemic. Montgomery County, which had 566 overdose deaths in 2017, was one of those recipients.
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