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Officials: Medicaid expansion repeal could halt momentum in opioid fight


CHILLICOTHE – If Medicaid expansion isn’t continued, Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney and others are concerned it could derail local efforts to combat opiate addiction. Feeney, Michelle McAllister, coordinator of the Heroin Partnership Project, and Cheryl Beverly, founder of Cheryl’s House of Hope, expressed concerns during a brief press conference on Friday. “Ross County has been one of the hardest hit in the opiate epidemic and we are finally beginning to make headway, but without Medicaid expansion, our efforts will be pushed back tremendously,” McAllister said, referencing in part the decrease in overdose deaths in 2017. “If we don’t have Medicaid expansion,



Drug problem in Ashland shifting from opiates to meth


ASHLAND – These days, Ashland Police and METRICH drug task force detective Brian Evans get more calls about crystal meth than heroin. He estimates Ashland police officers find methamphetamine about three to five times as frequently as they find marijuana during traffic stops. In 2015, just one meth case came across Evans’ desk. In 2016, he saw 17 cases involving the drug. Last year, the number rose to 37. This year alone, the department has had 14 METRICH meth cases, with the drug showing up in more than half the total 22 METRICH cases as of April 11. Meanwhile, the



Medical community avoided discussions about opioid crisis


A paragraph in an Akron Beacon Journal story last fall raised tough questions about the medical industry. The story was about a local hospital successfully managing pain following surgery by prescribing medications other than addictive opioid painkillers. The paragraph said this of the nonopioid experiment: “The patients were easy to convince. It was tough to convince the other surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses because it challenged their typical teachings.” Opioids are the drugs killing more than 4,000 Ohioans a year, and a study by the state showed that 80 percent of those who died of an overdose were at one time



Enquirer wins Pulitzer Prize for Seven Days of Heroin coverage


In the next seven days of the heroin epidemic, at least 180 people in Greater Cincinnati will overdose and 18 will die. Babies will be born to addicted mothers. Parents will go to jail. Children will end up in foster care. This is normal now.   https://www.cincinnati.com/videos/news/2017/09/10/video-180-ods-18-deaths-1-week;-how-heroin-crisis-normal-now/105408394/     The Cincinnati Enquirer staff has won a Pulitzer Prize in the local reporting category. The story “Seven Days of Heroin” was recognized by the Pulitzer board “for a riveting and insightful narrative and video documenting seven days of greater Cincinnati’s heroin epidemic, revealing how the deadly addiction has ravaged families and communities.” The Enquirer



Perspectives On The Opioid Crisis From Oregon, Ohio, And New York


From prescription painkillers to heroin to powerful synthetics like fentanyl, this country is in the grasp of a serious public health epidemic. And it doesn’t just affect those who are addicted. The opioid crisis is indirectly affecting local government budgets, schools, courts, and neighborhoods. This week ideastream, in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting and WXXI in Rochester, is looking at the wide reach of the epidemic in our special series Opioid Crisis: The Ripple Effect. Morning Edition Host Amy Eddings sat down with reporters from each of the three stations to discuss the state of the crisis. The opioid crisis in



Work Through Coding and Reimbursement Challenges


There’s usually a reason and a solution for every denied claim. Claim denials are inevitable. The first step to work through them is understanding the most common denials, such as: bundling; global denials; multiple frequency denials; and no plan coverage denials. Bundling Unbundling occurs when a service is billed using individual codes when a single, all-encompassing code exists. For example, a provider might order a lipid panel; however, instead of billing 80061 Lipid panel, the provider bills each test separately. Another example of a common bundling mistake is reporting 76000 Fluoroscopy (separate procedure), up to 1 hour physician or other



Dangerous Drug Mixture On Ohio’s Streets Is Blamed For Many Recent Opioid Deaths In Ohio Right Now


As opiate deaths continue to climb in Ohio, there’s another deadly trend that’s apparently gaining popularity – drug combinations. The Ohio Health Department’s Dr. Mark Hurst says the “speedball”, the combination of heroin and cocaine, was what led to actor John Belushi’s death in the 1980’s. And he says there’s a similar combination that’s responsible for the recent rash of opioid deaths in Ohio right now but this one involves something more potent than 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,” Hurst says.



Recovery housing helps recovering addicts fight addiction


COLUMBUS (WCMH) — In Franklin County alone, there have been nearly 1,000 emergency room visits because of suspected overdoses so far in 2018 according to Columbus Public Health. For those who want to help, it can be difficult knowing where to start in the face of such an overwhelming problem. There are places for recovering addicts to live to adjust to life before addiction. “You know it’s just normal life,” Jason Schenck who is a recovering addict. “People are doing their laundry and eating dinner.” He is working to get his life back to normal after years of battling addiction. He’s



Health officials are sounding an alarm on the drug gabapentin. And it’s not even an opioid.


People are using the prescription painkiller gabapentin to boost their highs, doctors say.   It’s fast becoming the go-to drug for addicts in search of a stronger high — and it is not even an opioid. Gabapentin, a purportedly nonaddictive painkiller primarily used to treat shingles and control seizures, has landed on the radar of beleaguered health officials and law enforcement already battling the deadly opioid epidemic that has ripped through the Rust Belt and claimed thousands of lives across the country. Kentucky last year became the first state to classify gabapentin as a controlled substance after the drug showed up in a



State official sees ‘glimmers of hope’ in Ohio opioid crisis


The opioid crisis in Ohio “really has reached epidemic proportions,” yet there are glimmers of hope, Dr. Mark Hurst said Wednesday. Hurst, medical director for Ohio’s Mental Health and Addiction Services Department, spoke to The Courier in a joint interview with Michael Flaherty, a clinical psychologist and an adviser to the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services about its “Recovery Oriented System of Care” initiative. Hurst said in Hancock County, the ADAMHS board, law enforcement, hospital personnel and other agencies are all working together. He said he can’t solve the opioid crisis from his office in Columbus: “It