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PNS Daily Newscast - October 16, 2018 


President Trump tours hurricane damage parts of Florida: Also on the Tuesday rundown: we examine the question, is the U.S. spending too much to guard confederate cemeteries; plus the spotlight is on mental wellness during National Children’s Health Month.

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Public News Service - OH: Mental Health

Overdose deaths due to synthetic opioids skyrocketed in the United States after 2014. (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Despite the public awareness of the opioid epidemic, record numbers of Ohioans are dying from drug overdoses. State data shows unintentional drug overdoses rose nearly 33 percent from 2016 to 2017, claiming the lives of more than 4,000 people. Assistant professor of health p

Ohio is among the top five states with the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio is getting a $16 million piece of a $1 billion pie to help combat the opioid epidemic. The funding announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will go toward prevention efforts in both rural and urban communities, and for health centers in th

According to state data, more than 14,000 Ohioans were victims of firearm-related crime in 2016. (Pixabay)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – While folks in Cincinnati still are reeling in the wake of last week's mass shooting, experts will gather today in Cleveland for a forum on "How to Reduce Gun Violence." Voices from the Statehouse, law enforcement and research institutions will examine the scope of the probl

In 2015, 15,500 people with mental illness or substance-use disorders were serving time in Ohio's county jails. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Researchers say access to health and social services are vital to help prevent people struggling with mental health challenges or addiction from ending up behind bars. But are those who are incarcerated receiving the services they need to get back on track? A new report rele

Drug overdose deaths in Ohio rose nearly 30 percent between 2015 and 2016.  (Cohdra/Morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — New research is assessing the extent of drug addiction in Ohio and how the state is tackling the problem. Of the adults questioned in the 2017 Ohio Health Issues Poll, 27 percent said they had a family member or friend who had problems as the result of using prescription pai

Fear of stigma and discrimination can make LGBT Ohioans less likely to seek medical care. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ending the fear of discrimination and creating an inclusive medical environment - those are among the goals of National LGBT Health Awareness Week, which runs through Friday. At Equitas Health in Columbus, education manager, Karen Nicosia, says there are social determinants

Social workers, like Tee Taylor of Lorain County Children's Services, help pick up the pieces when families are torn apart. (Patti-Jo Burnett)<br />

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Social workers dedicate their time and energy to helping make the country a better place to live, and in Ohio, more than 9,000 focus that time and energy on children and families. This is National Social Work Month, and agencies around the Buckeye State are highlighting the v

Fear, shame, dependence and concerns about not being believed are some of the many reasons sexual assault survivors don't seek help. (Andy_Graf/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Advocates for women say the wave of high profile sexual abuse allegations is helping survivors in Ohio find their voices. But who can they trust? In a survey of Cuyahoga County residents, most respondents said if they needed assistance after a sexual assault, they would turn to a

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