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Aug. 4, 2016

>>> Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Certification Exam Available Online

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is pleased to announce that individuals with lived experience of a mental health or substance use disorder may now take the Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Certification Exam online. The online version is the same as the in-person version with the same parameters. Test takers will have a maximum of three (3) hours to complete the exam and will need a passing score of 70 percent. If you are interested in taking the exam online, please contact Please be sure to include first and last name and indicate your interest in taking the exam online. An account will be created for you and a link to the test with an individual password will be emailed directly to you. If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please e-mail and we will work with you to make alternative arrangements.

>>> Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery Launches Revamped Website

Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery (OCAAR) has launched a fresh, new website. The new resource features information on advocacy, educational outreach, recovery support services, recovery resources, volunteer opportunities and more. You can find information about the 2016 Ohio Rally for Recovery slated for 1-3 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Ohio Statehouse, schedule an advocacy training and learn about OCAAR’s new #MyRecoveryMeanstoMe social media campaign that encourages Ohioans in recovery to record a short, 15-30 second video to share on Facebook and Twitter.

>>> Statewide Screening: “Generation Found!”

On Sept. 13, Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery and partners from throughout Ohio, will host a statewide screening of Generation Found, a riveting new  independent film from the creators of the The Anonymous People. Generation Found is a powerful story about a community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution. The film takes an unprecedented and intimate look at how a system of treatment centers, sober high schools, alternative peer groups and collegiate recovery programs can exist in concert to intervene early and provide real, lasting results. Click HERE to reserve a seat at a screening in your area, or to request a new screening. For more information, please contact OCAAR at 614.486.2430.

>>> Strike Out Addiction With The UMADAOP of Lucas County and the Toledo Mud Hens – Aug. 10

The Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program of Lucas County is partnering with the Toledo Mud Hens Minor League Baseball team to host a “Strike Out Addiction” day at Fifth Third Field Stadium in downtown Toledo on Aug. 10. Advocates are invited to help fill an entire section of the sold-out Toledo Mud Hens versus Columbus Clippers baseball game at 6:30 p.m. Attendees, which will include provider agencies, members of the Lucas County Sheriff’s Dart Team, staff members of the 211 Helpline, numerous youth service organizations, parents, clients, local advocacy groups, elected officials and recovering alumni members will receive a “Strike Out Addiction” T-shirt. Scott Sylak, executive director of the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County will throw out the first pitch and briefly address the crowd during the “7th inning stretch.” For more information, contact Geoff Alan at 419.255.4444.

In the News

8.4.16 | Chillicothe Gazette Heroin Partnership to host Recovery Coach training
8.3.16 | WJW-TV Berea police program puts emphasis on getting heroin addicts treatment
8.3.16 | Columbus Dispatch Franklin County coroner announces new anti-heroin efforts
8.2.16 | Columbus Dispatch State to pay doctors more to keep patients healthy
8.2.16 | Akron Beacon Journal (Editorial) Coping in the heroin crisis
8.2.16 | Columbia University School of Public Health High schoolers with mental health issues more likely to use alcohol, tobacco and marijuana
8.2.16 | Toledo Blade Penn National promotes addiction education
7.26.16 | Norwalk Reflector Growth in local behavioral health treatment due to voters’ support of levy
7.25.16 | WKSU 89.7 Ohio Officials Look Ahead At Funding New CARA Anti-Opioid Law
7.25.16 | Lancaster Eagle-Gazette Ohio grant leads to 2,200+ lives saved
7.23.16 | Springfield News-Sun Mayer: Mental health matters
7.22.16 | Akron Beacon Journal Summit County brings mental health awareness to Main Street


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Pictured (l-r) Sen. John Eklund (R-Munson Township), Ohio Board of Pharmacy President Kilee Yarosh, Briana, Lake County ADAMHS Board Executive Director Kim Fraser and Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team Deputy Director Andrea Boxill participated in a media roll-out of Ohio’s Opiate MBR bill today in Painesville.

 >>> Lake County ADAMHS Board, State Senator John Eklund Host Press Event to Highlight Ohio’s “Opiate Mid-Biennium Review” Proposals

State Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township) joined with state and local leaders in Painesville this morning to announce Senate Bill 319 (the Opiate MBR) — legislation aimed at strengthening efforts to combat prescription drug abuse in Ohio. Sen. Eklund, who introduced the bill on April 25, provided sponsor testimony on May 11. The bill proposes additional reforms to strengthen oversight by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, encourage responsible treatment and prevent overdoses. Click HERE to view a backgrounder.

>>> State Launches Public Awareness Campaign to Promote Life-Saving Drug Naloxone in Counties at Highest Risk for Fentanyl Overdoses

A targeted campaign launches Monday to raise awareness about the signs of a drug overdose and to urge family members and friends of people who use drugs to obtain the opiate overdose reversal drug naloxone to administer during an overdose while waiting on first-responders to arrive. The campaign is focused on 15 counties that accounted for 80 percent of Ohio’s fentanyl-related overdose deaths in 2014. Those counties are Butler, Clark, Clermont, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lorain, Lucas, Marion, Montgomery, Ross, Scioto, Stark, Summit and Warren. Ohio has seen a major increase in overdose deaths involving fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic used to treat severe pain that in its prescription form is estimated to be 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin. Ohio had 503 fentanyl-related overdose deaths in 2014 compared to 84 in 2013.  This campaign is a collaboration between the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). The public awareness campaign includes two billboards; carry naloxone and know the signs, a radio spot, and mobile and digital ads. They direct people to a website at for more information, including how to obtain a naloxone kit without a prescription at participating pharmacies, or through Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) community programs supported by ODH. Read the full media release.

>>> Ohio Educators Encouraged to Incorporate Generation Rx Program Resources into School-Based Drug Prevention Efforts

Ohio is looking to strengthen its fight against prescription opioid abuse by encouraging educators to incorporate free, age-appropriate resources available through Generation Rx into their school-based prevention curriculum. State law now requires all public schools to educate students about the proper use of opiate prescriptions (see House Bill 367). Many schools have already adopted Ohio’s youth drug prevention program, Start Talking!, which encourages students, peer groups and adults to engage in conversation about the dangers of drug abuse before it begins. Generation Rx, which was developed by The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in partnership with the Cardinal Health Foundation, provides additional resources to help prevent the misuse of prescription medications among young people. Learn more at

In the News

5.13.16 | Cincinnati Enquirer Naloxone billboards going up in Ohio
5.12.16 | WKBN-TV Call-a-Counselor: Advice from mental health experts
5.12.16 | Cincinnati Enquirer Ohio to push awareness of life-saving OD antidote
5.12.16 | Chillicothe Gazette Ross targeted in overdose awareness effort
5.12.16 | WCPO-TV Ohio starts campaign to promote OD-reversal drug





April 20, 2016

>>> Ohio Preschool Expulsion Prevention Partnership Announces Toll-Free Centralized Intake Line

Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in partnership with OhioMHAS, has announced a new centralized intake resource for licensed preschools and childcare providers – the Ohio Preschool Expulsion Prevention Partnership at 1.844.678.ABCs (2227). The line, which is staffed Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., links callers to an early childhood consultant in their area who can complete an on-site consultation within two business days. The consultants will: observe and consult at a preschool; provide recommendations on specific classroom strategies and interventions; offer service recommendations and resources for students and families (including referrals to local mental health providers, if necessary) and provide recommendations for training and professional development. The centralized intake line is part of a $9.1 million investment to strengthen early childhood mental health services that was announced in January.

>>> 2016 Statewide Suicide Prevention Conference – May 13

Time is running out to register to attend the 2016 Statewide Suicide Prevention Conference on May 13 on the campus of The Ohio State University. The third annual symposium focuses on Suicide and the Family and will feature presentations from leading researchers and advocates. New this year, the conference will feature two breakout sessions that will provide tools and resources in addressing the impact of suicide and suicide prevention. The conference is presented by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in partnership with OhioMHAS. For more information, click the link above or contact Caitlin Willett at 614.293.7827 |

View the agenda
Fee information
Presenter bios
Register online
OSU Neurological Institute Mental Health Fair – May 4

 In the News

4.19.16 | People Man Who Survived Suicide Jump from Golden Gate Bridge Shares His Story to Help Others
4.18.16 | Akron Beacon Journal Experts: acknowledge addiction as a disease, boost treatment options to battle opiate epidemic
4.16.16 | Ashtabula Star Beacon (Editorial) Focused on mental health
4.16.16 | Newark Advocate Drug treatment available, but with a wait
4.14.16 | The Associated Press Ohio launches new efforts to prevent suicides
4.14.16 | WCMH-TV Ohio unveils new push to prevent suicides
4.14.16 | WCMH-TV Athens County combating heroin with state’s first prosecutor Vivitrol program
4.14.16 | WKSU-89.7 Ending the Stigma Behind Suicide is Key to Ohio’s New Prevention Initiative

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  CDC Issues Report on Ohio Visit Examining Increase in Fentanyl-Related Drug Overdose Deaths 

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March 9, 2016

>>> Zero Suicide Webinars – March 16

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is hosting a webinar to provide an overview of the upcoming regional Ohio Zero Suicide Academies. The webinars will provide brief overviews of OhioMHAS suicide prevention efforts and will focus mainly on the six regional two-day Ohio Zero Suicide Academies and Learning Communities targeting clinical care providers in behavioral health and primary care settings as well as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC). The webinar will be offered on March 16 from 10-11 a.m. and again from 1-2 p.m. Please click on the links below to register. Recordings of the webinars will be made available online for those who are unable to attend.

March 16 | 10-11 a.m.
March 16 | 1-2 p.m.

>>> Board of Pharmacy Adopts New Policy Statement for Personally Furnishing Naloxone

On March 1, 2016, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy adopted a new resolution to allow Board-licensed facilities to maintain a small stock of non-patient specific naloxone to use in the event of an emergency. The resolution allows authorized personnel at a Board-licensed site to personally furnish naloxone to themselves, pursuant to a physician protocol, to use in the event of an overdose emergency. This prevents the need for facilities that house or interact with high-risk opioid users from having to equip all staff with naloxone. Rather, all staff should be trained and authorized under the physician’s protocol. In addition, the Board also specified the authority and responsibilities of those individuals who personally furnish naloxone under a physician protocol.

>>> 2016 Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network Gambling Awareness PSA Contest Winners Selected

OhioMHAS congratulates all of the youth-led groups that participated in the Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network’s 2016 Gambling Awareness PSA competition. Attendees of the Ohio Problem Gambling Conference voted for runner up and first place winners in the categories of “Most Creative” and “Best Message.” Winning groups will be presented plaques at the “We Are The Majority!” rally and resiliency ring on April 28.

View the winning entries: 

Most Creative:

Runner Up | Project PANDA, Adult Ally – Zach Miley
First Place | STRONG, Adult Ally – Grant Coleman 

Best Message:

Runner Up | I am Enough, Adult Ally – Michele Branham
First Place | STRONG, Adult Ally – Grant Coleman

In the News

3.8.16 | Toledo Blade (Editorial) Local drug court to open
3.7.16 | Lima News Putnam County ready to combat heroin/opiate use
3.6.16 | Toledo Blade Hospital-agency ties ease path to patient’s mental health help
3.6.16 | USA Today Doctor wants overdose antidote in every medicine cabinet
3.4.16 | New Philadelphia Times-Reporter Group focused on suicide prevention 

1.19.16-ADC-HEADER copy>>> New Website Tracks Behavioral Health Redesign

Today, the Ohio Departments of Medicaid and Mental Health and Addiction Services launched a new website and e-newsletter for beneficiaries, providers and other stakeholders to follow behavioral health system redesign activities. Over the past five years, Ohio has made significant progress in rebuilding community behavioral health system capacity. The next steps for redesign, which will be implemented beginning July 2016, include expanding services for individuals with high-intensity needs, modernizing business practices to improve patient care, and coordinating care across physical and behavioral health care services. Visit the website

Sign up for the behavioral health redesign newsletter

>>> Register Today to Attend the 2016 “We Are The Majority” Youth Rally and Resiliency Ring on April 28 

The Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network, in partnership with YouthMOVE Ohio, has announced that registration is now live for groups wanting to be a part of the 2016 “We Are The Majority” Youth Rally and Resiliency Ring slated for April 28 in downtown Columbus. The event is free and includes lunch. Register by April 8 to guarantee a spot and receive a T-shirt. Click HERE for more information.

In the News

2.12.16 | Newsnet5 Cleveland Prosecutor on Cuyahoga Co. heroin/fentanyl deaths: We ‘lost two plane loads of Clevelanders’ in 2015
2.12.16 | Associated Press Kroger to offer anti-overdose drug without prescription
2.11.16 | Fox News Walgreens introduces opioid disposal kiosks, prescription-free overdose antidote to combat drug abuse
2.9.16 | WFMJ-TV Statewide program offers peer to peer addiction support
2.9.16 | The Marion Star City seeks new drug prevention program
2.9.16 | CMAJ 
Online tools improve mental health in primary care
2.9.16 | The Post New prescription guidelines set in hopes of diminishing number of opiate overdoses in Ohio
2.9.16 | Youngstown Vindicator Heroin epidemic must be stopped with education before high school, speakers said
2.8.16 | HealthDay News Study Links Concussion to Higher Risk of Later Suicide
2.8.16 | HealthDay News Doctors Should Screen Teens for Major Depression, U.S. Task Force Says


BREAKING: Senate committee passes CARA


CVS Pharmacies Announce Availability of Naloxone throughout Ohio

This week, CVS Health announced would make the opioid overdose reversal medicine naloxone available without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations across Ohio beginning in late March 2016.  White House National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp joined CVS Health in making the announcement at a press conference in Toledo on Monday. “Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our Ohio pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We support expanding naloxone availability and we applaud the State of Ohio for its leadership in the fight against drug abuse and addiction.”

>>> Ohio CVS Stores to Start Selling the Life-Saving Heroin Antidote Naloxone Over-the-Counter

CVS Health announced Monday during a press event at the University of Toledo that it would make the opioid overdose reversal medicine naloxone available without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations across Ohio beginning in late March. Joining the company in making the announcement were White House National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, and Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses, and by expanding access to this medication in our Ohio pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, R.Ph., vice president of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We support expanding naloxone availability and we applaud the State of Ohio for its leadership in the fight against drug abuse and addiction.”

CVS Health is also providing the opportunity for law enforcement agencies in Ohio to apply to receive a drug collection unit to help local communities safely dispose of unwanted medications, including controlled substances. Through the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, a joint effort of CVS Pharmacy and The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, more than 20 drug disposal units donated across Ohio have collected more than 4,000 pounds of unwanted medications since September 2014. Nationwide, the program has donated more than 500 drug collection units and collected more than 28 metric tons of unwanted medications.

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White House National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Michael Botticelli will join with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, OhioMHAS Director Tracy Plouck and other state and local leaders in Toledo today, for a community forum on evidence-based programs to prevent and treat prescription drug abuse and heroin use. Director Botticelli will also participate in a press conference prior to the community forum to announce new private sector actions to address opioid overdose deaths in the state of Ohio. The town hall will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Scott Park Student Center Auditorium on the University of Toledo campus. Click HERE to watch live, streaming video of the event. Following the town hall, Dir. Botticelli will tour the Zepf Center facilities and meet with Ohioans in recovery.

In the News
1.29.16 | Toledo Blade (Editorial) Throwing DRATS at addiction
1.28.16 | Sandusky Register Erie, Ottawa counties receive $270,000 mental health grant
1.28.16 | Ashtabula Star Beacon Talking about mental health
1.28.16 | ThisWeek News Drug-fighting group hears community’s cries for help
1.27.16 | The New York Times Scientists Move Closer to Understanding Schizophrenia’s Cause
1.27.16 | EIN News Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Expands Collaboration with Netsmart for Knowledge-Driven Care
1.27.16 | USA Today Ohio mom begs Congress to act on heroin epidemic
1.27.16 | PR Newswire 2,700+ Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists Convene at CADCA’s National Leadership Forum
1.26.16 | Eureka Alert Why you should never use the term ‘the mentally ill’
1.26.16 | WLWT-TV Ohio seeks to boost early childhood mental health services

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>>>Ohio Unveils Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Acute Pain

As part of Ohio’s continuing effort to curb the misuse and abuse of prescription pain medications and unintentional overdoses, the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team today announced the adoption of new opioid prescribing guidelines for the outpatient management of patients with acute pain. The new guidelines, which recommend non-opioid treatment options and limiting the amount of opioids used to treat acute pain, expand upon Ohio’s prescribing guidelines for emergency departments and acute care facilities, and for treatment of chronic pain lasting longer than 12 weeks. All three sets of guidelines have been developed in conjunction with clinical professional associations, providers, state licensing

Read the Media Release

Fact sheet
Prescribing Guidelines Summary
Video message from Gov. John R. Kasich
Video message – Dakota B., Ohioan in Recovery
Prescribing Guidelines Website

Coverage from The Associated Press Ohio sets new guidelines for short-term pain prescribing

In the News

1.18.16 | Columbus Dispatch Should some Ohio Medicaid recipients have to pay premiums?
1.18.16 | Marion Star Portman addresses heroin in Marion
1.18.15 | Washington Post This mother drank while pregnant. Here’s what her daughter is like at 43.
1.15.16 | Fremont News-Messenger Ohio now getting alerts when overdoses spike
1.15.16 | WFMJ-TV Boardman introduces drug prevention program in schools
1.15.16 | Findlay Courier NAMI to offer new KidShop program



Youth Drug Overdose Deaths Have Increased Sharply in Many States: Report



Oct. 6, 2015

>>>Residential State Supplement Program Proposed Rule Actions

In conjunction with the Ohio Department of Medicaid, OhioMHAS is updating the rules implementing the Residential State Supplement program (RSS.) As part of this update, the OhioMHAS rules will reflect a new allowable fee and personal needs standard. Allowable fees for RSS living arrangements are increased to $1,100 a month for all living arrangements, at the same time the personal needs allowance is being standardized to $200 per month. The rules are also being updated to be consistent with the application process used in conjunction with the Department of Medicaid. Due to the amount of change in the rules, the rules are being rescinded and refiled as new. The proposed rule actions are listed below. More information regarding the proposed changes can be found at: Please review the draft changes and send comments to by Oct. 14.

>>> Thousands Attend Washington, D.C. Rally to Draw Attention to Addiction

Thousands of Americans converged on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., this weekend for the UNITE to Face Addiction Rally in an effort to eliminate the stigma surrounding addiction and show support for the millions of people in recovery. Speakers included U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy; Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; and talk-show host and surgeon Mehmet Oz. Performers included Sheryl Crow, The Fray, Joe Walsh, Steven Tyler and Aloe Blacc. The Buckeye State was well represented — with busloads of supporters departing several Ohio cities. OhioMHAS will feature more photos from the Rally and share one group’s journey from the shores of Lake Erie to the Washington, D.C., in the October issue of OhioMHAS e-Update.

>>> October is Substance Abuse Prevention, Bullying Prevention, National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, Bullying Prevention Month and National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Check out the resources below for information on how your community can help promote the important awareness campaigns.

Substance Abuse Prevention Month

Office of National Drug Control Policy Prevention month brochure
Video Message from ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli

Bullying Prevention Month
Stomp Out Bullying
PACER National Bullying Prevention Center

Disability Employment Awareness Month

U.S. Department of Labor  Office of Disability Employment Policy

In the News

10.5.15 | Toledo Blade (Editorial) Fighting Fentanyl
10.3.15 | Dayton Daily News Mental health training used to try to stop mass shootings
10.2.15 | Cincinnati Enquirer (Editorial) Feds must join heroin fight
10.1.15 | Cleveland Plain Dealer Kasich touts his record helping those with mental illness
10.1.15 | Newark Advocate Rural kids more likely pop pain pills
9.30.15 | Canton Repository Canton Police now has Narcan on hand
9.30.15 | Akron Beacon Journal Detox program starts for kids addicted to opiates
9.30.15 | Dayton Daily News Overdose drug available in Dayton without prescription
9.29.15 | Sandusky Register State licenses new drug, alcohol clinic in Sandusky
9.27.15 | Columbus Dispatch 1 in 10 women admits to drinking while pregnant



‘Flakka,’ the new killer drug, is spreading across the country



Be the 95% Problem Gambling Awareness Campaign Launched

Partners of Ohio for Responsible Gambling (ORG) – the Ohio Casino Control Commission, Ohio Lottery Commission, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), and Ohio Racing Commission – today announced the launch of a new campaign designed to prevent problem gambling and to build awareness of resources aimed at helping at-risk individuals. The campaign has been specifically molded to reach the “influencers” of problem gamblers – parents, spouses, siblings and friends –  to provide engaging tips for low-risk gambling, and to direct Ohioans to a web-site that offers a “take the quiz” problem gambling screening feature. Click HERE for localizable campaign resources. Scroll to the bottom of the page under “Community Toolkit” and enter the password: 95percent (no spaces). Learn more at

Read the press release
View the promotional video
Cleveland Plain Dealer coverage
Columbus Dispatch coverage

SFY 2016 RFP Employment Opportunities Within Housing Agencies/Departments

OhioMHAS is currently seeking proposals that will support competitive integrated employment opportunities within housing agencies and divisions/sections/departments that are contract agencies of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH)/Community Mental Health (CMH). This fiscal year, OhioMHAS will allocate approximately $350,000 in MH block grant dollars to support Board areas in implementing new positions that incorporate permanent housing AND integrated competitive employment within local systems. OhioMHAS is seeking proposals that create needed positions in housing agencies and divisions/sections/departments within mental health and recovery board contract agencies that will enhance resident or agency outcomes and increase the number of individuals with lived experience who are competitively employed and living in independently in the community in order to help individuals achieve an enhanced quality of life. OhioMHAS will offer a telephone technical assistance session on Sept. 3. The session will be recorded and made available on the OhioMHAS Funding Opportunities page. Questions must be submitted electronically to by noon on Sept. 16. Final proposals must be submitted to the same email address by noon on Sept. 21.

View the RFP
Agreements and Assurances
Budget Narrative Template
SFY 2016 Budget Expenditure Form

In the News

8.24.15 | WDTN-TV Suicide survivor group seeks to help families dealing with loss
8.23.15 | The Washington Post The heroin epidemic’s toll: one county, 70 minutes, eight overdoses
8.23.15 | Marion Star ‘Safe, clean, supportive’ apartments in Viceroy Place 


RFP: SFY 2016 Proposals Sought for Recovery Housing 

OhioMHAS is currently seeking proposals to expand access to recovery housing during State Fiscal Year 2016. Please refer to the documents below for details and instructions. All questions related to the Recovery Housing RFP must be submitted no later than Aug. 22 to Responses will be posted HERE. Final proposals must be submitted to by 5 p.m. on Aug. 31, 2015.

Recovery Housing is for individuals recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction that provides an alcohol and drug-free living environment, peer support, assistance with obtaining alcohol and drug addiction services, and other alcohol and drug addiction recovery assistance where the length of stay is not limited to a specific duration. Proposals may be submitted for levels 1, 2 and 3 of the recovery housing levels of support as defined by Ohio Recovery Housing. Priority will be given to proposals that are in counties of the state that are underserved or currently do not have recovery housing stock. The funding will be used for direct recovery housing operations support, which includes funding to support the operation of recovery housing for individuals recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction. 

RFP:Proposals Sought for Medication Assisted Treatment Program Evaluation

OhioMHAS is seeking the professional services of a research entity to conduct a program evaluation of a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) drug court program (MHA16014). As part of the state of Ohio biennial budget, the Ohio legislature appropriated funds to OhioMHAS to conduct a program to provide MAT to persons who are offenders within the criminal justice system, eligible to participate in a certified drug court program, and selected to be participants in the program because of their dependence on opioids, alcohol, or both.  As required by the legislation, a nationally-recognized research entity with experience in evaluating the effectiveness of MAT in drug court settings will design and conduct the program evaluation. Domestic, public or private, non-profit or for-profit organizations meeting the following eligibility requirements are invited to submit a proposal:

  • Experience in evaluating multiple court systems across jurisdictions in both urban and rural regions
  • Experience in evaluating the use of agonist and antagonist MAT in drug courts
  •  Track record of scientific publications in the area of MAT
  • Experience in health economics, and ethical and patient selection and consent issues
  • Internal institutional review board (IRB) exists within organization

Proposals must be submitted to by 2 p.m. on Aug. 13. Click HERE for more information.  

Application Available for Gambling Treatment Supervision Fellowship Program

On behalf of OhioMHAS, Recovery Resources has announced the roll-out of The Gambling Treatment Supervision Fellowship Program, which will help to expand problem gambling treatment capacity across the state of Ohio. Recovery Resources is currently accepting applications from clinicians in Ohio who are interested in providing clinical supervision for professionals who are qualified to treat Gambling Disorders.  Approximately six Fellows will have the unique opportunity to receive first-hand training and clinical supervision from national and state experts, along with receipt of a stipend for training and travel costs up to $2,000. An application must be submitted in order to be considered for this program. Click HERE for the application.

In the News

8.6.15 | Findlay Courier Addressing the lifelong effects of trauma
8.4.15 | Zanesville Times-Recorder Second class begins for families of mentally ill
8.4.15 | WANE-TV Documentary to highlight children’s mental health
8.4.15 | Westlake-Bay Village Observer Westshore Young Leaders Home Substance Abuse Prevention Skills
8.4.15 | Youngstown Vindicator Hollywood Gaming Kicks Off Responsible Gaming Week
8.3.15 | The Wall Street Journal An Advocacy Group for Discussing Mental Health at Work




Drug Abuse Trends in the Akron-Canton Region Report

 Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring

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March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month!

Many people will be filling out brackets this month and picking thier favorite college basketball team to win the college basketball National Championship. For many people this is not an issue and this form of gambling can be enjoyed in a low-risk way, but for others the minority of people who are problem gamblers, this could be an issue. March is Ohio and National Problem Gambling Awareness Month. The term “problem gambling” may not mean anything to you, but for the small percentage of people who develop a problem from gambling too much – problem gambling can mean lost paychecks, lost rent or house payments, a repossessed car, and even worse – lost jobs and personal relationships. Ohio’s 2012 Gambling Survey showed that about 3 percent of Ohioans have a gambling problem, and 1 percent could be diagnosed with a gambling disorder. It’s important to know what gambling problems look like and who is most at-risk. Anyone can develop a problem with gambling, but many people who do, tend to match one or more common characteristics: aged 18-25 year-old white males; Asian or African-American adults; may have a parent with a gambling problem; and/or may have a substance abuse problem. Some common signs of a gambling problem include:

      • Borrowing money to gamble.
      • Lying about how much time or money is spent gambling.
      • Hiding bills or unpaid debts.
      • Spending a lot of time gambling and thinking about gambling.
      • Being restless or irritable when not gambling.
      • Bragging about wins, but minimizing losses.

DFAA Problem Gambling Prevention Resources

Problem Gambling Prevention Trainings & Technical Assistance for existing programs. Stacked Deck, Training of the Trainers. SMART Bet Online Resource Center – click HERE to visit. SMART Bet, Instructor led course – coming soon!

Problem Gambling Treatment is available

How do you get help for yourself or a friend/family member who needs it? Ohio has funding set aside to pay for treatment for gambling addiction. Not having insurance or “being broke” are not barriers to getting help. For a referral to help anywhere in Ohio, call the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-589-9966. The Helpline can also assist with other needs like housing, food, clothing or legal issues. Another easy access point is through the local Mental Health and Recovery Board. To support prevention and treatment of problem gambling, the Problem Casino Gambling and Addictions fund was created in the Constitutional Amendment that allowed four casinos to be built in Ohio. The fund channels two percent of the tax on casino profits to OhioMHAS and then into local communities through the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) county boards to purchase services locally. For more information on problem gambling services, contact Tristan Hall at


State Announces $3.4M Investment in Community Prevention Services

As part of the Kasich Administration’s ongoing commitment to fighting substance abuse and addiction, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) today announced $3.4 million in grants to help strengthen community prevention services. Utilizing funds set aside in the 2014 Mid-Biennium Review (House Bill 483), the grants benefit a total of 37 counties, plus several statewide organizations, in three major investment categories: expansion of youth-led programming, promotion of evidence-based practices and reinforcement of local anti-drug coalitions. “Prevention efforts are essential in order to stem the tide of substance use and addiction in the state of Ohio. This infusion of funds into the prevention system represents the largest state-level investment in many years,” said OhioMHAS Director Tracy Plouck.

Read the media release Combined map of all grantees Youth-Led Prevent Grants map Coalitions of Excellence Grants map Evidence-Based Practices Grants map

Coming Soon: New Suicide Prevention App From SAMHSA

SAMHSA is developing a new “Suicide Safe” suicide prevention app for mobile devices, optimized for tablets. Developers say the app will help providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and reduce suicide risk among their patients. The free app is expected to debut in January 2015 for iOS® and AndroidTM mobile devices. Suicide Safe will help providers:

      • Explore suicide prevention resources, including the SAFE-T (Suicide Assessment Five-step Evaluation and Triage) card and easily download it for use offline.
      • Study interactive sample cases to learn and review the five steps of the SAFE-T.
      • Access information, including suicide prevention wallet/pocket guides, educational opportunities, and other supportive resources.
      • Access patient education materials, including crisis hotline wallet cards, fact sheets, and treatment resources.
      • Browse conversation starters that provide sample language and tips for talking with patients about their suicidal ideation.
      • Use the SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to provide timely referrals for patients.

In the News

(9/21/14) Toledo Blade (Guest Commentary) As school year proceeds, so should our conversations about drugs (9/21/14) WDTN-TV 2 ‘Hope over Heroin’ brings healing to Miami Valley (9/21/14) Gallipolis Daily Tribune Gallia delegation travels to the Ohio Statehouse (9/20/14) Athens Messenger A mother’s story about the dangers of drug abuse (9/19/14) Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum Ohio prisons credit $10M savings to Medicaid changes (9/19/14) WLIO-TV Phoenix Recovery House helping women help themselves (9/18/14) Cleveland Plain Dealer (Editorial) The Smoking Gun: Gun deaths locally and nationally also include suicides (9/18/14) Cincinnati Enquirer Clermont sheriff’s deputies carrying life-saving kits (9/13/14) Akron Beacon Journal (Editorial) A continuum for mental health (9/11/14) Akron Leader  County Council supports Breaking Addiction Act

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Recreational Pot Eclipses Medical Pot in Colorado 

New Hampshire declares state of emergency over synthetic drug

MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) – New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency on Thursday in response to 44 reported overdoses linked to people smoking or ingesting “Smacked,” a synthetic marijuana-like product sold in convenience stores as potpourri. The state of emergency authorizes public health officials to investigate stores and quarantine the product, and Hassan directed the officials to work with local police departments to do so. “These products pose a serious threat to public health, especially to young people, and it is our responsibility to do whatever we can to combat the recent rash of overdoses,” Hassan said in a statement.

AP Exclusive: FBI balks at pot background checks 

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month Governor John R. Kasich has designated March as “Problem Gambling Awareness Month” in Ohio. Read the Governor’s Resolution. Share the news in your local community while providing education and marketing your services for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling.  Download a localizable media release here.

Ohio’s annual Problem Gambling Conference will be held March 4-5, 2014, and hosted by the partners of Ohio for Responsible Gambling: the Ohio Casino Control Commission, Ohio Lottery Commission, Ohio State Racing Commission and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). “Ohio’s Response to a Changing Landscape” is an interdisciplinary conference that will bring the latest science and strategies to the state for the goal of reducing problem gambling and treating those with gambling disorder. Keynote speakers will include Henry R. Lesieur, PhD, creator of the South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS) and gambling disorder treatment expert. Breakout sessions will highlight: community engagement, prevention and responsible gambling; co-occurring disorders and diagnosis of gambling disorder; community needs assessment; creating the continuing care plan; and development of a new Ohio Problem Gambling Resource Center. Contact Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson at 614/644-8456 or



March 5, 2014 >>> FY2015 Strong Families, Safe Communities Grant RFP The Ohio Departments of Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health and Addiction Services are actively seeking collaborative community proposals to establish treatment models of care that focus on crisis stabilization for children and youth with intensive needs as part of the Strong Families, Safe Communities partnership. This is the second round of allocations aimed at serving Ohio youth ages 8-24 through local, community-driven solutions. The Departments received many worthy proposals in the initial request, but were only able to fund a few projects in FY2014. As those projects enter into their second year, a decision has been made to solicit proposals for any undesignated funds in FY2015. Proposals are welcomed from previous responders as well as new collaborative groups.  View the RFP. Proposals must be submitted by April 2, 2014, to Pam Berry – | 614/301-2992 and John Hurley – | 614/466-6682. >>> ODH Releases 2013 Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Survey of more than 1,450 Ohio students shows fewer teens Abusing Rx painkillers, heroin The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) today released findings from its 2013 Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). Of significant note, the number of teens in Ohio who abuse prescription painkillers was cut in half. In 2011, 21.3 percent of students reported using prescription pain relievers or painkillers without a doctor’s prescription one or more times during their life; in 2013, that dropped to 12.8 percent. Meanwhile, according to ODH, the number of Ohio youth who reported using heroin also decreased from 3.1 percent to 2 percent. Other key findings of the YRBS include: § 70 percent of students do not drink alcohol § 85 percent do not smoke cigarettes § 83 percent of students report having an adult they are comfortable seeking help with a problem § 82 percent of students feel safe and secure at school always or most of the time The 2013 YRBS marks 20 years since Ohio began surveying its high school students on their health and risk behaviors. The survey is conducted by ODH under the direction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2013 survey was completed by more than 1,455 randomly-selected students in 44 public and private high schools during the spring of 2013.  View the full report >>> Ohio Prevention Education & Early Childhood Conference 2014 Call for Presenters Deadline Extended to March 14 The 2014 Ohio Prevention & Education/Early Childhood Mental Health Conference planning committee has extended the deadline on its Call for Presenters. This year’s conference will take place June 2-5 on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. The committee is seeking proposals in a variety of areas, including but not limited to, behavioral health prevention, brain development, trauma, health homes, youth-led prevention, suicide prevention, early childhood mental health, risk and resiliency, family engagement, anti-bullying and more. See the attached materials for complete details. All presenters must register for the conference. Free registration will be provided for only one speaker per session. Proposals must be submitted electronically via email to  no later than 5 p.m. Friday, March 14. In the News: (3/2/14) Toledo Blade Human side of heroin craze has many facess (3/2/14) Columbus Dispatch Proposed new jail standards both praised, condemned (2/28/14) Warren Tribune Chronicle Heroin, drug abuse topic of attorney general forum


letter 11.2013

Please take a moment and read the attached letter from Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Director Tracy Plouck acknowledging our local efforts to advocate for the expansion of the Medicaid Program in Ohio.

  Thanks for all or your hard work and hopefully the State’s High Court will rule in favor of the State Controlling Board’s action.

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A diverse coalition of state officials and medical professionals today unveiled Ohio’s new Opioid Prescriber Guidelines during a conference call with media. Ohio Opens New Front in the Fight Against Opiate Abuse — Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Established To Prevent Abuse, Save Lives As part of an ongoing effort to curb the misuse and abuse of prescription pain medications and unintentional overdoses, today Gov. John R. Kasich announced the adoption of new opioid prescribing guidelines for treating patients with chronic, non-terminal pain. Developed by the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT), and in conjunction with more than 40 professional groups, state licensing boards and state agencies, the opioid prescribing guidelines encourage Ohio’s clinicians to fully evaluate a patient’s situation before prescribing high levels of opioids for long-term use. Research shows that patients who receive higher doses of prescribed pain medications are at increased risk for overdose and need close supervision and periodic reevaluation. The new guidelines recommend that 80 milligrams Morphine Equivalent Daily Dose (MED) should trigger the prescriber to “press pause” and reevaluate the effectiveness and safety of the patient’s pain management plan. The guidelines are intended to supplement, and not replace, the prescriber’s clinical judgment. The guidelines also strongly advise prescribers to talk with their patients about managing their chronic pain, the risks of an unintentional overdose from their prescription pain medication, the potential for pain medication abuse, and secure storage of their pain medications to prevent misuse by others. A new a prescriber-focused website – – will help prescribers learn more about the guidelines. The site also includes resources prescribers can use to incorporate the guidelines into their daily practice; a continuing education video education module, a toolkit and patient resources. Read the press release. Click here to read a fact sheet on the new Rx prescribing guidelines. Governor’s Cabinet Sets Health Transformation Priorities Governor Kasich’s Health and Human Services Cabinet met October 2 to discuss transformation priorities in 2014. These priorities include continuing to modernize Medicaid and improving overall health system performance, coordinating programs that support the best possible start for Ohio’s children, creating a unified workforce system that supports business in meeting its workforce needs, and sharing services within and beyond boundaries to improve program efficiency. View the presentation Health transformation initiatives Workforce transformation initiatives Shared services initiatives House Bill 59 Statutory and Rule Changes to PASRR Hospital Exemption The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is in the process of amending Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules pertaining to the Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) process in order to modify the hospital exemption policy. The changes to the hospital exemption policy are required in order to implement statutory changes made by Am. Sub. HB 59, which became effective September 29, 2013. Section 5119.40 of the Revised Code requires that a Pre-Admission Screening (PAS) be completed for certain individuals who have had a stay in a hospital or unit as licensed or operated by OhioMHAS. These individuals previously were eligible for a hospital exemption from this process. Information related to these changes is contained in the Long-Term Care Services and Supports Transmittal Letter (LTCSSTL) 13-08. OhioMHAS is also in the process of reviewing and amending its Ohio Administrative Code rules and operational policies and procedures related to PASRR to accommodate these changes. In the meantime, if there are individualized circumstances that arise as a result of the statutory changes in which assistance is needed to assure a timely hospital discharge and appropriate community placement, services and supports, please contact George Pelletier at in the OhioMHAS Bureau of PASRR. Flesh-Eating Street Drug from Russia Hits the US

mollyart Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring (OSAM) Network The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring (OSAM) Network is pleased to announce the release of its January 2013 Report: Surveillance of Drug Abuse Trends in the State of Ohio now available via the Department’s website. Findings from the June 2012 – January 2013 reporting period are available in different formats, including the entire report, an executive summary and individual regional reports: A one-page OSAM-O-GRAM summarizing findings for each region is also available: The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring (OSAM) Network has also released its most recent OSAM-O-Gram entitled, Heroin Abuse Continues to Increase in Ohio: Heroin Overdose Increasing Among Young, White Females. This report can also be found on our website:




Drug Free Action Alliance, with funding provided by the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, is hosting Problem Gambling Prevention  trainings in five regions in June.  These day-long trainings will cover:

1)  Prevention Basics

2)  Defining Gambling/Problem Gambling

3)  Problem Gambling Strategies and Interventions

Dates and locations for the regional trainings are:

June 5, 2013  /  The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board  /  Cincinnati, Ohio

June 19, 2013  /  Interval Brotherhood Home  /  Akron, Ohio

June 20, 2013  /  Wood County Educational Service Center  /  Bowling Green, Ohio

June 26, 2013  /  State Library of Ohio  /  Columbus, Ohio

June 27, 2013  /  Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center  /  Cambridge, Ohio

We will be sending out an online registration link soon and anyone interested can attend.

However, seating will be limited!

For questions regarding these trainings, contact Derek Longmeier

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 U.S. Appeals Court Refuses to Overrule DEA on Marijuana

>>> New Southern Ohio Addiction Treatment Center Opens Doors Southern Ohio has been focused on attacking the epidemic of addiction to prescription drugs and heroin over the past several years. Since 2011, Governor John R. Kasich has made this battle a target of efforts by his administration. As a result, the Health Recovery Services (HRS) Southern Ohio Treatment Center will open in Jackson, Ohio, today with support from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and the Governor’s Office of Appalachia. Read the press release here. >>> State to Save Millions in Pharmaceutical Costs The Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) and the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) announced a new plan to purchase pharmaceuticals for state entities, saving taxpayers an estimated $4.4 million in the first year and $16.7 million over the life of the contract. Read the full press release here. >>> Weekly Medicaid Health Homes Update eNewsletter Debuts The Ohio Department of Mental Health Office of Health Integration has launched Medicaid Health Homes Update, a weekly communication designed to keep readers informed about Health Home-related topics and ongoing implementation activities.  The inaugural issue, as well as future issues, will soon be posted to the Health Homes page on the ODMH website. Subscribe today! >>> Webinar on Emergency and Acute Care Facility Opioid Prescribing Last year, the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team – Professional Education Work Group released the Ohio Emergency and Acute Care Facility Opioids and Other Controlled Substances (OOCS).  These guidelines are intended to provide clinical guidance to reduce inappropriate prescribing of opioid pain medication. The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership invite you to participate in a webinar to review the lessons learned from the implementation of these guidelines in facilities around Ohio. Register here.

Cast Your Vote! 2012 ODADAS Youth-Led Prevention PSA Contest

The Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) is excited to announce that voting has officially commenced for the 2012 ODADAS Youth Led Prevention PSA Contest. This year, PSAs are focused on the theme, “WE are the Drug-Free MAJORITY,” and are meant to educate, motivate and call peers to action, as well as to show that drug use is NOT the norm in Ohio. To view this year’s entries and to cast a vote for your favorite PSA: 1)      ‘Like’ the ODADAS Facebook page 2)      Click on the ‘Video’ tab*. 3)      Click ‘Like’ on your favorite PSA. (You may vote for more than one) ODADAS will recognize two winners this year: Critics Choice (ODADAS Senior Staff and the Division of Prevention Services will vote for their favorite PSA) and Fan Favorite (the PSA that gets the most overall votes on Facebook.)  Winners will be announced during the 2012 Ohio Prevention and Education Conference (OPEC) on Dec. 5. Cast your vote today, and be sure to head over to the Ohio Youth Led Prevention Network’s Facebook page to keep up to date on the latest information from other youth leaders from across Ohio. *Due to a technical issue, the entry from Meridian Services’ PANDA Leaders Club was posted to the “Wall” section of the ODADAS Facebook page. Be sure to check out their entry in addition to those listed under the video tab.

April 2012 National Take Back Initiative A Local Success

On Saturday April 28, 2012 the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office participated in the National Take back Initiative sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The program was started by the D.E.A. in an effort to combat the increasing problem of prescription medication being abused and sold on the street illegally.

A total of three drop off sites were hosted by the Sheriff’s Office with one being held at the Newcomerstown West Elementary School with Newcomerstown Police Chief Gary Holland participating, a second site at Trinity Twin City Hospital in Dennison with Chief Rob Hunt assisting and a third at the Sheriff’s Office located on Reiser Ave. in New Philadelphia.

A total weight of the pills collected was about 250 lbs.

A large amount of the medications collected were prescription Narcotics including Hydrocodone (Vicodin), Oxycodone (Percocet) and Alprazolam (Xanax). Numerous persons also dropped off other prescription pills and some over the counter medication including Pseudoephedrine tablets that are an ingredient in manufacturing Crystal Meth. The medications were picked up by the Drug Enforcement Administration for destruction.

The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties received a grant from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) to design and implement a strategic prevention framework. The goal of the project is: To reduce substance abuse by youth and adults of Tuscarawas County and improve the quality of life through community-wide collaboration. Developing a strategic prevention framework requires cross-system, community-wide collaboration. It should build upon the strengths and successes that organizations and systems have established in the community and it must focus on shared goals and measurable outcomes. Early conversations about the project explored the options of conducting a shared two-county process which would bring Carroll and Tuscarawas stakeholders together in a single approach or maintaining separate county identities by running parallel and independent processes. It was recommended that separate planning processes, strategic prevention frameworks and community coalitions be established for each county.

Coalition Members

Beth Powell
Brian Kress
Bruce James
Calvin White
Dave Ramsell
David L. Schaffer
Jodi Salvo
Alice Stephens
Debra Wilden
Elizabeth Thomakos
Jack Edwards
James Hubert
JJ Boroski
Jayne Norman
Jennifer Meek-Eels
Pam Trimmer
Kenneth Fanty
Kevin Spears
Linda Fanning
Michelle Tope
Nanette Roberson
Natalie Bollon
Orvis Campbell
Rebecca Craig
Rich Vanarsdalen
Ryan Styer
Scott Ballentine
Steven Pompey
Walter R. Wilson

Drug use in Ohio’s prisons spiked in ’12
By  Alan Johnson
The Columbus Dispatch Monday January 7, 2013 5:37 AM
But testing done annually in October by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction found 3.32 percent of inmates tested positive for drugs. The vast majority used marijuana, but there were positives for opiates, cocaine and alcohol as well…Click to read the rest of the article.

Ban cutting flow of ‘bath salts’
ABrian VanSickle knew the dangers of the drug known as “bath salts.”
Still, despite warnings about paranoia, hallucinations and deadly side effects, he was sucked in….Click to read the rest of the article.

Amped, New Synthetic Drug Used to Get High
Amped, a new type of synthetic drug that falls into the street category of “bath salts,” is being used by people in Virginia to get high, and likely in other…Click to read the rest of the article.

How Florida brothers’ ‘pill mill’ operation fueled painkiller abuse epidemic
By Thomas FrancisSpecial to
The prescription painkiller business was booming in 2009, making millionaires of Chris and Jeff George, twin brothers who operated several pain clinics in South Florida. Unfortunately for them, their customers had a tendency to die, and not always in a subtle fashion….
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Oaksterdam ‘cannabis college’ raided by DEA, IRS
By news services
Federal authorities raided Oaksterdam University, a “cannabis college” in northern California, on Monday morning.
Agents with the Internal Revenue Service, Drug Enforcement Agency and U.S. Marshals were spotted…
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Ohio ‘pill mill’ doc gets life in prison
Judge: Defendant is unrepentant, dangerous
CINCINNATI — Send a clear message that doctors who sell drugs for profit will be punished, a mother whose son died because of drug addiction urged a federal judge yesterday.
U.S. District Judge Sandra S. Beckwith did just that, sentencing the former doctor at the heart of Scioto County’s “pill mill” epidemic to prison for life, four times over. She also ordered him to forfeit $1.2 million from his bank accounts.
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State Gains In Pill Battle
Officials cite legislation, crackdowns on doctors, more public awareness
About 1 million fewer prescription pain pills will be dispensed in Scioto and Gallia counties this year than were in 2010, a state agency estimates.
Orman Hall, head of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, sees the drop as evidence that the state’s battle against a deadly drug epidemic is making a dent.
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Worthington dentist indicted on 16 prescription counts
He is accused of obtaining hydrocodone pills from others
A Worthington dentist was indicted yesterday on 16 counts of illegally processing drug documents.
Mark S. Jerman, 45, is accused of writing prescriptions for hydrocodone pills to employees…Click to read the rest of the article.

Pain doctor can’t work in Ohio anymore
The Ohio State Medical Board permanently revoked the medical license of Dr. James E. Lundeen Sr. of Columbus yesterday for overprescribing narcotic pain pills to his patients.
“The governor is pleased that Jim Lundeen won’t be able to hurt any more Ohioans,” said deputy press secretary Connie Wehrkamp.
“The inappropriate prescription of pain medicines is an epidemic that is devastating Ohio families, especially families in southern Ohio. The governor is marshaling the state’s forces to fight it, and this is an important victory.”

Ohio AG: All-pain clinic gone from hard-hit county
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s attorney general says the last pain medication clinic has been closed in a county plagued by painkiller addictions. The Drug Enforcement Administration has said Scioto County in southern Ohio is one of the worst places in the country for painkiller abuse.  Attorney General Mike DeWine said today that…

East Side pharmacist sentenced to two years for filling pill-mill prescriptions
A federal judge today ordered a Near East Side pharmacist to prison for two years for filling pill-mill prescriptions.
U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley also sentenced Harold Eugene Fletcher, 43, to spend a year of his five-year probation on house arrest and to pay $275,000 in restitution and a $75,000 fine. He prohibited him permanently…

FTC urged to get tougher on makers of high-alcohol drinks
WASHINGTON — Top law-enforcement officials from Ohio and nearly three other dozen states have urged the Federal Trade Commission to toughen its proposed settlement with the maker of a sweet alcoholic drink called Four Loko and investigate other companies that make similar high-alcohol drinks. In October, the FTC announced…

2 groups push medical marijuana
Two proposed medical-marijuana issues potentially headed for Ohio’s Nov. 6 ballot seem similar at first glance but are quite different in terms of specifics and supporters. The Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment of 2012 was approved..