Blog Entries - 2015

Conley retires; Thompson new OCA director

Posted on: December 29, 2015 2:00 pm

Donna Conley, the first executive director of Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery, has retired after a long and successful career in social services, prevention and recovery. Conley was a behavioral health leader in Madison County for

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ADAPAO moves to e-based communication

Posted on: December 22, 2015 1:00 pm

ADAPAO has discontinued its voicemail line and moved to primarily e-based communications. "The vast majority of our communications occur through e-mail," noted Jim Ryan, ADAPAO executive director. "The funds previously used for the voicemail line

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Wade new clinical director at Summit ADM Board

Posted on: December 17, 2015 4:00 pm

The County of Summit ADM Board has promoted Aimee R. Wade, MSW, LISW-S, OCPS II, to Associate Director of Clinical Services. Wade joined the ADM Board staff in 2010 as the Compliance, Prevention and Training Coordinator. During that time, she was

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Central Ohioans receive national sports and prevention honors

Posted on: December 15, 2015 1:00 pm

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and Major League Baseball Charities presented their sixth annual Commissioner's "Play Healthy" awards in early December. Two Ohioans received the honor. Cameron Justice, a senior baseball player at Dublin Coffman High

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Gresham assumes prevention director position at CND

Posted on: December 14, 2015 5:00 pm

Veteran prevention professional and ADAPAO member Donovan Gresham has been appointed Director of Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Services at Community for New Direction in Columbus. Gresham is an OCPS I and has over 18 years direct service experience

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Office of Criminal Justice Services announces grant solicitation

Posted on: November 24, 2015 3:00 pm

The Office of Criminal Justice Services released the solicitation for the FY 2016 Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) Grant Program on November 2, 2015. The purpose of the federal FVPSA program is to support the establishment,

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ASI presentation proposals due December 4

Posted on: November 24, 2015 3:00 pm

The Addiction Studies Institute is accepting proposals to present at the 2016 Addiction Studies Institute, to be held July 22-26, 2015 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Presenters should have experience or the ability to present to a diverse

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AMA: Ban direct-to-consumer Rx advertising

Posted on: November 18, 2015 3:00 pm

Responding to the billions of advertising dollars being spent to promote prescription products, physicians at the Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) on November 17 adopted new policy aimed at driving solutions to make prescription

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Posted on: November 5, 2015 3:00 pm

Election day 2015 was a good day for local behavioral health funding. All 13 county levies funding Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (or Mental Health and Recovery Services) Boards in Ohio passed. The counties and boards whose levies passed

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Issue 3 fails overwhelmingly

Posted on: November 4, 2015 7:00 pm

Ohioans overwhelmingly rejected Issue 3, an attempt to legalize marijuana as "medicine" and for broader use, according to November 3 election results. The proposed amendment to Ohio's Constitution failed 64 percent to 36 percent. ResponsibleOhio, proponents

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OhioMHAS Planning Council seeking members

Posted on: October 30, 2015 4:00 pm

The Ohio Community Support Recovery Planning Council is recruiting new members to fill mid-term vacancies. The Council serves as an advisory board to OhioMHAS on planning for mental health and addiction services, and meets federal requirements for the

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OARRS linking to electronic medical records

Posted on: October 29, 2015 9:00 am

Gov. John R. Kasich announced Ohio will invest up to $1.5 million per year to integrate the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) directly into electronic medical records and pharmacy dispensing systems across the state. The move will allow

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ADAPAO attends first meeting of Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee

Posted on: October 26, 2015 4:00 pm

Three state department medical directors -- Mark Hurst, M.D., Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services; Mary Applegate, M.D., Ohio Department of Medicaid; and Mary DiOrio, M.D., Ohio Department of Health -- hosted a meeting of statewide

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Tammy Collins no longer at OhioMHAS

Posted on: October 23, 2015 3:00 pm

Tammy Collins is no longer deputy director of Prevention and Wellness at the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Collins' last day with the state department was Friday, October 9. OhioMHAS has not released a formal statement, but when

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ADAPAO releases statement on marijuana legalization

Posted on: October 19, 2015 1:10 pm

ADAPAO has issued a formal statement regarding marijuana legalization. The statement: Microsoft Word - ADAPAO - Position on Marijuana Legalization.docx The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio (ADAPAO) opposes the legalization of

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U.S. Rx Take-Back Day total: More than 350 tons

Posted on: October 2, 2015 4:00 pm

Over 350 tons of prescription drugs were turned in during the DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Initiative on September 26, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Ohio was responsible for more than 13.5 tons of the overall

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Fairfield County seeking contract planner

Posted on: September 8, 2015 11:00 am

The Fairfield County ADAMH Board is seeking to engage a planner with expertise in mental health, alcohol/other drug, and wellness prevention and education to conduct a comprehensive prevention and education mental health, alcohol/other drug, and wellness

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Small business association opposes Issue 3

Posted on: September 8, 2015 10:00 am

The National Federation of Independent Business/Ohio has announced its strong opposition to State Issue 3, the proposed Ohio Constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana. NFIB stated that "among the major concerns for small-business owners are the ability

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Gambling awareness campaign launched

Posted on: September 4, 2015 9:00 pm

Ohio for Responsible Gambling, the statewide partnership of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Ohio Casino Control Commission, the Ohio Lottery, and the Ohio Racing Commission, has announced its new responsible gambling

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Funding opportunity for youth-led professionals

Posted on: September 3, 2015 3:00 pm

The Ohio Youth Led Prevention Network, a program of Drug Free Action Alliance, with support from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, has announced opportunities for adult leaders interested in and committed to developing regional

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NREPP undergoing renovation

Posted on: September 3, 2015 10:00 am

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has announced that it is re-designing the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) to better align the registry with the standards and processes of other

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Opiate toolkit created by GCOAT

Posted on: September 3, 2015 9:00 am

The Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT) has released the Health Resource Toolkit for Addressing Opioid Abuse, a new tool to help communities stem the tide of heroin and prescription drug abuse. The toolkit provides guidance on everything from

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New opiate mapping feature at OhioMHAS

Posted on: September 2, 2015 9:00 am

The Office of Quality, Planning and Research of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has introduced web-based access to county-level documentation of opiate abuse in Ohio. The web site features a series of maps that

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ADAPAO partners in child welfare initiative

Posted on: August 31, 2015 8:00 pm

Child welfare experts estimate four of five families involved in child protective services are affected by alcohol and other drug abuse. Yet Ohio's alcohol and other drug prevention and treatment systems are not strongly linked with the child protective

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New prevention exam study guide on horizon

Posted on: August 10, 2015 9:00 am

Prevention professionals pursuing their Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist I or II credential will soon have new tools to prepare for the prevention exam. The International Credentialing & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) is working on a new

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"Medical" marijuana ads correlate with teen use

Posted on: August 7, 2015 12:00 pm

A Rand Corporation study indicates that exposure to advertising for "medical" marijuana may influence middle school age youth use of the drug. Sixth to eighth grade students who viewed ads for "medical" marijuana were twice as likely as their peers to have

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Web-based prevention ethics course scheduled for August

Posted on: August 6, 2015 3:00 pm

Prevention professionals seeking a prevention ethics course can enroll in a web-based course taking place August 17-28, 2015. "Ethics in Prevention: A Guide for Substance Abuse Prevention Practitioners" is offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health

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Prescription opiods responsible for heroin surge, says CDC

Posted on: August 4, 2015 12:00 pm

The increase in heroin use in the U.S. is based in prescription opioid use disorders, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. The report finds that people addicted to opioid pain medications are 40 time more likely to abuse

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National medical task force formed to tackle opioid abuse

Posted on: August 3, 2015 1:00 pm

The American Medical Association is leading a task force of medical organizations to address opioid abuse. The task force is committed to identifying and implement best practices to combat opioid abuse across the nation. The AMA Task Force to

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Drug Take-Back Day Scheduled for Fall

Posted on: August 3, 2015 11:00 am

The Drug Enforcement Agency has announced the next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will take place Saturday, September 26, 2015.  Coordinated by the DEA and local law enforcement, prevention, and public service organizations, Take-Back Days

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Marijuana advocates make last ditch effort for 2015 ballot

Posted on: August 1, 2015 12:10 pm

ResponsibleOhio, the group attempting to place a constitutional amendment on the November, 2015 ballot, fell nearly 30,000 signatures short of the required 305,591 required to place the initiative on the ballot, even though the group provided nearly 700,000

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Marvel, Thomas join ADAPAO leadership

Posted on: July 29, 2015 9:50 am

The ADAPAO board of directors is welcoming two new members to its ranks: Mary Marvel and Zachary Thomas. Mary Marvel, an OCPS II and a 30-year prevention veteran, was elected early this summer by the ADAPAO membership to a three-year term ending June 30,

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Cannabis oil bill introduced in Ohio House

Posted on: July 27, 2015 2:00 pm

Eight members of the Ohio House of Representatives, including Rep. Wes Retherford of Hamilton, have introduced HB 33, a bill to allow the use of a high-cannabidoil (CBD), low THC strain of marijuana with children with severe seizures. This cannabis oil

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Butler County boards merge

Posted on: July 1, 2015 11:00 am

The Butler County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board and the Butler County Mental Health Board have merged, leaving Lorain County as the only county in Ohio with separate boards overseeing alcohol and other drug and mental health services. The

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Marijuana causes driving impairment

Posted on: June 29, 2015 11:00 am

A study utilizing the most sophisticated driving simulator available demonstrates marijuana use increases vehicular weaving. The study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Office on National Drug Control Policy, and the National Highway

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Luceille Fleming has died

Posted on: June 26, 2015 11:00 am

Luceille Fleming, the inaugural director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, passed away on June 24, 2015 at age 91. Fleming was a giant in the addictions field, leading the state system in Pennsylvania before assuming the reins of

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Exposure to marijuana growing among 0-6 year-olds

Posted on: June 23, 2015 10:00 am

Nationwide Children's Hospital researchers have released a study noting a significant increase in the number of young children exposed to marijuana, primarily -- approximately 75 percent -- through edible products like cookies and brownies. Using data from

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A decrease in underage drinking

Posted on: June 22, 2015 8:00 am

The trend toward decreased underage drinking continues, according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The report shows a 6.1 percent drop from 2002 to 2013 among U.S. 12- to 20-year-olds. The rate of binge

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National report: Nearly 44,000 drug overdose deaths annually

Posted on: June 18, 2015 11:00 am

The Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have released The Facts Hurt: A State-By-State Injury Prevention Policy Report. Not surprisingly, the report notes a continued increase in drug overdose fatalities. The leading

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Primary care docs lack knowledge about opioid abuse

Posted on: June 17, 2015 10:00 am

A survey conducted by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health shows many primary care physicians subscribe to mistaken beliefs about opioid medications. Nearly half the doctors surveyed mistakenly believe that abuse-deterrent pills are not as

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Prescribers Report available through OARRS

Posted on: May 19, 2015 3:00 pm

New tool for tracking patients with prescriptions The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy has announced the availability of the Practice Insight Report in the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS). The report provides a list of the prescriber’s

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Smith takes over Start Talking! at OhioMHAS

Posted on: May 15, 2015 3:00 pm

New staffer also works with Americorps program Sarah Smith, former policy and special projects manager at the Ohio Department of Aging, has assumed the leadership of the Start Talking! program at the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction

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Statewide youth survey debuts this fall

Posted on: May 12, 2015 3:00 pm

New survey will be web-based The Ohio Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and Education (ODE) have announced that the Ohio Healthy Youth Environments Survey (OHYES!) will available for implementation in the fall of 2015. The

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Heroin use in U.S. climbed significantly since 2002

Posted on: May 11, 2015 3:00 pm

Addiction rate more than doubled during years measured According to a new Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) report, heroin use has increased significantly since the early part of the century. Between 2002 and 2007, an estimated 400,00

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Addiction a significant risk with flakka

Posted on: May 8, 2015 2:00 pm

As addictive as bath salts, according to research A new rodent study from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute suggests that flakka, a newer synthetic drug whose use has been reported in Ohio, is as addictive as bath salts. Flakka is sometimes

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ADAPAO honors prevention excellence

Posted on: May 7, 2015 3:00 pm

Award recipients honored at annual conference On May 6, ADAPAO presented five Ohioans with awards recognizing their commitment to preventing alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse and other behavioral health issues. The ADAPAO Awards were presented at the

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Virtual community created for information sharing

Posted on: April 6, 2015 10:00 am

NDEWS providing real time news opportunity The National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) Network is a new, virtual community of researchers, practitioners, and concerned citizens across the U.S. with a goal of sharing timely information on emerging drugs

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Physicians' Rx drug concerns increase

Posted on: April 5, 2015 10:00 am

Doctors increasingly recognizing dangers of abuse Ninety-percent of physicians responded that prescription drug abuse is a moderate to large problem in their practice, according to a new study of over 400 members of the American Medical Association. The

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Higher ed bill passes Ohio House

Posted on: April 5, 2015 10:00 am

Bill mandates suicide prevention and other mental health services The Ohio House of Representatives passed HB 28, a bill that would require Ohio’s public colleges and universities to make suicide prevention and other mental health resources

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New law mandates school-based Rx medication education

Posted on: March 24, 2015 11:00 am

ADAPAO working with state leaders on education guidelines Ohio’s schools will be required to include education about prescription pain medications, beginning with the 2015-16 academic year because of a new law signed by Governor John Kasich in

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Atkins assumes Union County leadership role

Posted on: March 18, 2015 11:00 am

Phil Atkins has taken over as executive director of the Union County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, replacing Mike Witzky, who left the position in 2014. Atkins, a veteran prevention professional, member of ADAPAO and the ADAPAO Think Tank, is

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U.S. pain meds overdoses down, heroin overdoses up

Posted on: March 15, 2015 11:00 am

Opioid overdose deaths: Two directions, says CDC For the first time in more than 10 years, overdose deaths from prescription pain medications declined in 2012, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In a report on drug poisoning deaths,

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Workplace education and assistance focus of federal reports

Posted on: March 11, 2015 11:00 am

SAMHSA documents highlight need for workplace programs Two reports from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have highlighted the negative impact on of substance abuse on employees’ lives and careers and the degree to which

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Ohio fares poorly in well-being ranking

Posted on: March 5, 2015 1:00 pm

Ohio is near the bottom of rankings on its residents' well-being, according to an annual ranking of states.  The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index utilizes individual self-reported data and a holistic definition of well-being that includes purpose,

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Monitoring the Future reports encouraging trends

Posted on: March 4, 2015 11:00 am

Decline in alcohol, cigarette, marijuana use among youth Monitoring the Future has reported a decrease in youth use of alcohol, marijuana and cigarettes, according to its latest survey of nearly 50,000 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students in the U.S. in 2014.

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SAMHSA unveils renamed prevention planning tool

Posted on: March 3, 2015 2:00 pm

SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) has unveiled SAPPET — an interactive website that allows users to access and analyze data from a number of publicly available national sources. Formerly the Behavioral Health

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OhioMHAS receives federal prevention grant

Posted on: March 2, 2015 11:10 am

Appalachian and rural communities are focus of funding The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services will be providing funding to develop prevention in Appalachian and rural communities. The funding will be made available through an $8.1

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Suicide prevention strategies app on horizon

Posted on: March 2, 2015 11:00 am

SAMHSA releasing suicide prevention app Suicide Safe, a free app for mobile devices, will be available soon, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The app is intended to help providers integrate suicide preventions

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Boards merge in Mahoning County

Posted on: February 26, 2015 11:00 am

Mahoning County became one of the last counties in Ohio to merge it's alcohol and drug addiction services board and its mental health services board, creating the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board. The new board held its first meeting February

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SAMHSA releases new strategic plan

Posted on: February 18, 2015 11:00 am

Six initiatives form core of plan The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released Leading Change 2.0: Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation 2015-2018, its new strategic plan. The core of Leading Change 2.0 is six strategic

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SAMHSA releases behavioral health report

Posted on: January 28, 2015 1:00 pm

A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) illuminates important trends -- many positive -- in Americans’ behavioral health, both nationally and on a state-by-state basis. SAMHSA’s new report, the

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Clouner leading higher ed initiatives

Posted on: January 26, 2015 10:50 am

New position bridges Ohio State and DFAA Cindy Clouner has a new position that entails working for two organizations: Drug Free Action Alliance and The Ohio State University. Clouner has joined the staff of DFAA as the coordinator of the Ohio College

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Community for New Direction $25 for 25 Anniversary Campaign

Posted on: January 22, 2015 8:00 am
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Community for New Direction $25 for 25 Anniversary Campaign Community for New Direction is celebrating 25 years of service to the Columbus community and is honoring that landmark with an opportunity to invest in the ongoing work of the community-based

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Start Talking! BIZ created for workplaces

Posted on: January 20, 2015 1:00 pm

The State of Ohio has announced a new component of the Start Talking! initiative that began in 2014. Start Talking! BIZ (Business Impact Zone) is aimed at increasing the commitment and capacity of Ohio businesses address substance abuse and addiction in the

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Envision Partnerships new name for veteran provider

Posted on: January 15, 2015 11:00 am

Butler County agency changes name after 50 years The former Alcohol and Chemical Abuse Council renamed itself as Envision Partnerships in late 2014. The agency celebrated 50 years of services with the new name, chosen to reflect its shared vision for

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New Rx drug take-back option on horizon

Posted on: January 13, 2015 11:00 am

Expansion of drop-off sites expected to reduce Rx availability The new regulation from the Drug Enforcement Administration allowing pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and other authorized collectors to serve as legitimate prescription drug drop-off sites will

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