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PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2018 


Trump clashes with Democrats and threatens a government shutdown if he doesn’t get his border wall. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Lawmakers agree on an $867-billion Farm Bill; and a new report finds private community correction centers failing to rehabilitate people who live there.

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Public News Service - OH: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

The CDC has encouraged medical providers to reduce painkiller prescriptions. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Many opioid addictions begin with a legitimate prescription for pain pills, and new data uncover how these medications are being prescribed in Ohio. The 2018 Ohio Health Issues Poll found that about 30 percent of Ohio adults have been prescribed a pain reliever in the past f

Experts say the opioid crisis has evolved from addiction to prescription pain medication and now an increase in fentanyl and methamphetamine use. (rtdisoho/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Solving a problem takes understanding, and a new poll reveals insight on public opinion that could be beneficial in combating Ohio's opioid epidemic. Addiction is described by the National Institute on Drug Abuse as a chronic disease, and 6-in-10 adults in the latest Ohio He

Ohio voters will have the final say on Issue 1, a criminal justice reform measure. (M. Kuhlman)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Is Issue 1 on Ohio's November ballot a solution for both mass incarceration and the opioid epidemic? It depends on who you ask. If passed, Issue 1 would make offenses related to drug possession and use no more than misdemeanors; prohibit sending those on probation for feloni

Experts say people who have served time behind bars struggle to find work and contribute to their communities. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Amid the heated debate about Issue 1, a recent survey of peer-reviewed studies demonstrates the negative impact of prison on communities and families. Criminologist Donald Hutcherson of Cleveland State University and Policy Matters Ohio Director Amy Hanauer reviewed more tha

Researchers estimate Issue 1 would direct nearly 10,000 Ohioans from prison into community treatment. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With Ohio prisons overflowing and thousands dying each year because of drug overdoses, there are calls for the state to change its approaches to addiction and crime. Mitzi Stoddard of East Liverpool spent time in and out of prison for a decade while she struggled with addicti

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

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

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