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Firefighters to the Rescue

By Mark Powell on October 30, 2019

 

It started with simple math. In 2016, the Columbus Division of Fire medics responded to 2,400 suspected drug overdoses. That was more than twice as many as 2015. 

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The Golden Second of Opportunity

By Mark Powell on October 30, 2019

 

Month after month, the numbers kept spiking. That was upsetting local authorities in the Cincinnati suburb of Colerain Township back in the early 2010s. These weren’t cold, indifferent statistics. Each number represented someone who had experienced an opioid-related overdose; each number represented a person in danger and a life at risk. And unless something was done, that upward trend would keep climbing. 

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Working Together to Save Lives

By Mark Powell on August 6, 2019

 

For over a decade now, eastern Iowa has struggled with a serious heroin problem. As the purity of the drugs increased, so did the loss of life. In 2015, there were 25 overdose deaths in Cedar Rapids alone. Authorities recognized that there were significant challenges to combating the increased number of heroin overdoses and fatalities.

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Recovery Social Circles

By Mark Powell on May 22, 2019

 
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When Help Comes Calling

By Mark Powell on May 22, 2019

  
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Arresting Addiction

By Kimberly Lohman Clapp on May 17, 2019

  Photo Credit: Avi Steinhardt/For the Philadelphia Inquirer
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