Opioids cost Ohio $8.8 billion

Published: Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 10:34 AM

An estimated 2,500 people attended the 4th Annual Families of Addicts Rally 4 Recovery in August at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ANDY GRIMM
An estimated 2,500 people attended the 4th Annual Families of Addicts Rally 4 Recovery in August at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ANDY GRIMM

As President Trump prepares to declare the opioids crisis a public health emergency, a new report outlines just how expensive that crisis is — in more ways than one.

Opioid addiction, abuse and overdose deaths cost Ohio from $6.6 billion to $8.8 billion, according to a new report from the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy at Ohio State University.

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“To put this in perspective, Ohio spent $8.2 billion of general revenue funds and lottery profits money on K-12 public education in 2015,” the report says. “Thus, the opioid crisis was likely as costly as the state’s spending on K-12 education.”

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The report estimates that between 92,000 and 170,000 Ohioans were abusing or dependent on opioids in 2015.

President Trump is expected today to direct the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to declare the nation’s obsession with opioids a nationwide public health emergency under the Public Health Service Act.

The president is expected to deliver a speech on the topic Thursday.

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The Swank report sounds an alarm about the state’s capacity to actually deal with the problem.

“We estimate that in the best-case scenario, Ohio likely has the capacity to treat 20 percent to 40 percent of the population abusing or dependent on opioids,” the report says.

The problem is particularly acute in rural areas, where too many have little access to medication-assisted treatment.

And the report turns a spotlight to the Dayton area and beyond, saying: “This is a particularly critical issue in the rural areas of Southwest Ohio, where opioid abuse rates are high but local access to treatment is limited.”

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Mark Rembert, one of the report’s authors, said researchers found that there are short-term and longer-term issues that need to be addressed.

Medicaid expansion lays a good foundation for providing treatment for many, he said. 

There’s a lot of variation across Ohio in access to physicians who are able to treat addiction. Patients can’t simply walk into a family doctor’s office and get effective treatment, he noted. 

Treatment in Ohio is mostly available in bigger cities. There are 17 counties in Ohio where there isn’t a single provider who can treat opioid addiction, Rembert said.

Vermont has taken an approach worth modeling, he believes. That state “took a really focused approach” to offering treatment and now has excess capacity, he said. 

Before opioids, drug addiction was mostly an urban phenomenon, he said. But this problem is notable for spreading to rural areas, too. 

Said Rembert: “Montgomery County has a high overdose rate, a very high overdose rate in the state, but many rural counties do (too).”

Moldy comforter among latest product recalls

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:32 PM

Moldy comforter among latest product recalls

The latest product recalls include a potentially moldy comforter, an unstable bassinette, and snow globes that could potentially cause a fire, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

 

The Hudson comforters by UGG under recall were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond and may contain mold which could pose a risk of infection or respiratory issues in people with a mold allergy or compromised immune system. 

The comforters come in four colors: garnet, navy, grey and oatmeal. They were sold between August 2017 and October 2017. 

No injuries have been reported. 

If you have one don't use it and return it to the store for a full refund. Call Bed Bath & Beyond at 800-462-3966 for more information. 

 

The latest product recalls include a potentially moldy comforter, an unstable bassinette, and snow globes that could potentially cause a fire, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The Multipro Baby Cradle N Swing bassinet sold on Amazon.com poses a fall and entrapment hazard for babies. 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports the bassinets fail to meet mandatory federal safety standards. 

It is recommended that you take the bassinet apart and throw it away. No injuries have been reported. 

Amazon has contacted purchasers and issued full refund gift cards. 

If you have one of these products and did not yet receive a refund contact Amazon at 888-280-4331. 

 

The latest product recalls include a potentially moldy comforter, an unstable bassinette, and snow globes that could potentially cause a fire, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Two Coldwater Creek snow globe models pose a fire hazard. 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports light refraction through the globes may melt or singe things placed near them. 

Once incident of damage has been reported. 

The Reindeer snow globe has the model number XC7484. 

The Vintage charm snow globe contains a silver snowman and has the model number 3WGL120. 

They were sold in Coldwater Creek stores and online. 

Stop using the snow globes and contact Coldwater Creek at 888-678 5576 to return the product for a full refund. 

 

The latest product recalls include a potentially moldy comforter, an unstable bassinette, and snow globes that could potentially cause a fire, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Fujifilm is recalling some digital camera power adapters because they could shock you. 

The adapter plug can break or crack exposing live electrical contacts, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

The AC-5VF power adaptors were sold with six Fujifilm digital camera models in stores and online. 

Don't use the adapter and contact Fujifilm at 833-613-1200 for a free replacement. 

No injuries have been reported. 

Spectrum reports TV streaming app service issues

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:54 PM

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Spectrum customers are reporting service interruptions while attempting to use the Spectrum TV app, the company said on Friday afternoon.

“Spectrum customers are experiencing a service interruption while attempting to use the Spectrum TV App. This is causing errors including incorrect login information. Technicians are working diligently to restore the service as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience,” the company said on social media.

The issue was first reported by the company around 1 p.m. on Friday.

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Spectrum TV Stream customers can watch select TV content through the Spectrum TV app using Roku, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV or other compatible mobile device. Spectrum TV Stream customers can also view programming on SpectrumTV.com.

This news organization has reached out to Spectrum to see if any credits will be offered to impacted customers.

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Chamber welcomes new board members

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:51 PM

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The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is welcoming new board of trustees members while thanking retiring members.

The new chamber board members are:

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Doug Anspach, Leadership Dayton chair and partner in Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Doug Barry, president of BarryStaff Inc.; Randy Domigan, director of Brady Ware; Cindy Gaboury, owner of Audio Etc.; Andy Horner, vice president, University of Dayton; Tami Kirby, of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur; Dan McCabe, chair, EPI Foundation; Mary Mierzejewski, chair, Generation Dayton; Anne Marie Singleton, consultant and shareholder, McGohan Brabender; and Steve Tieber, owner of the Dublin Pub

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The retiring board members are: Jerad Barnett, of Mills Morgan Development; Niki Chaudhry, Eric Joo, of Schueler Group; Brady Kress, president and CEO of Dayton History; John McCance, McCance Consulting Group, LLC.

The board consists of up to 50 local business leaders who carry out the business of the chamber according to its bylaws. The board meets quarterly in February, May, August and November. Members may serve up to three, two-year terms.

The chamber has about 2,700 members in nine counties around Dayton.

Amazon raises monthly Prime membership rate

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:09 PM

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The monthly membership fee for Amazon Prime rose Friday from $10.99 to $12.99.

Company officials said the annual membership will remain at $99 dollars.

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Monthly customers do not get access to Amazon Video, which costs $8.99 a month.

The last Prime subscription hike came in 2014, when Amazon increased its yearly membership from $79 to $99.

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The e-commerce company did not give a reason for the price increase.