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Middletown on pace to double drug overdoses from last year

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Middletown has challenging news regarding heroin

Two years ago, Middletown City Manager Doug Adkins told a group at the Heroin Summit that his goal was to reduce the “heroin epidemic” by the first half of 2016.

On Monday, during the 10th Heroin Summit, Adkins said he had some “ugly” statistics to report as it appears heroin’s grip on the city and the region is getting tighter.

Middletown is on pace to double the number of drug overdoses this year, compared to 2016, according to Adkins.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic narcotic that is estimated to be 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, and 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to state officials.

Through June 17, the city has experienced 526 overdoses, 51 of them deadly, he said. During 2016, there were 458 overdoses in the city, 74 of them fatal, he said during the summit at Atrium Medical Center.

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The numbers continue to rise despite the “best practices” being used in the city, including implementing a Public Safety Quick Response Team and Needle Exchange Program.

The epidemic is draining the city’s public safety departments, overcrowding the city jail, and costing the city hundreds of thousands of dollars, officials have said.

Fire Chief Paul Lolli said he’s concerned about the amount of money his department is spending on Narcan, which is used to revive those who overdose.

At the current rate, the city will spend up to $100,000 this year on Narcan. The city only projected spending $10,000 to $15,000.

The city is hoping to receive some state grants to offset the additional cost of Narcan, according to Lolli.

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When Lolli shared those numbers at the summit, Adkins said to purchase $100,000 worth of Narcan, the city would have to generate $5.7 million in payroll.

Lolli said the department was “caught by surprise” by the additional doses of Narcan it has had to use on many residents who overdose due to more potent forms of fentanyl.

One dose of Narcan is 2 milligrams, but the department has used up to 18 milligrams — nine doses — to revive one person, according to Lolli.

The region’s opioid crisis has become “more challenging” due to an increase in potent substances being mixed with heroin, Lolli said. Most notably, he said, this includes fentanyl, carfentanil, and synthetic opioids.

Many times, he said, there’s no heroin in the opioid being used.

Last year at this time, the city started its Quick Response Team where a police officer, paramedic and social worker meet with someone who has overdosed, hoping to get them into treatment.

Public Safety Quick Response Team member, Fire Captain David Von Bargen, speaks during the City of Middletown heroin summit at Atrium Medical Center, Monday, June 19. At a time when the illegal drugs are getting more powerful, overdoses continue to rise and leaders are still struggling to find a way to reduce the impact on public safety services. GREG LYNCH / STAFF(Staff Writer)

In the first year of the program, 140 have sought treatment, according to Capt. David Von Bargen of the Middletown Fire Department. He was unable to provide statistics on how many of those people remain in treatment and for how long.

He said the team goes into the community once a week, and so far, the cost has been about $24,000.

The number of overdoses are rising at a time when the police department is arresting more drug dealers, said Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw. He said his department in working regionally with neighboring agencies because Middletown is located near Interstate 75.

Muterspaw said he’s constantly approached and asked why his department doesn’t arrest anyone who overdoses.

“Jail is not for addicts,” he said.

Those who provide the drugs are different, he said.

“We have no sympathy for dealers,” Muterspaw said.

Boil advisory now in effect after water main break on Heincke Road, Miamisburg

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 7:44 PM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 9:01 PM

Miamisburg water main break

UPDATE @ 7:51 p.m.: The break has been repaired and service should be restored shortly, city PIO Gary Giles said.


A water main break on North Heincke Road, near Mary Francis Court, in Miamisburg has caused more than 200 homes and apartments to lose water service, city Public Information Office Gary Giles said. 

In a statement release minutes ago, those in affected residences will get a door hanger notice advising of a boil water advisory, which will be in effect at least 24 hours. Repair crews are on site. 

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A second door hanger notice will be delivered when the advisory expires. 

Heincke Road has not been closed to traffic, Giles said. 

We'll update this developing report as information becomes available. 

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Red kettle campaign $10K short; Salvation Army issues public plea 

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 9:07 PM

The Salvation Army of Clark County is about $10,000 short on donations and needs help.

The Clark County Salvation Army is asking the community to check for loose change in couch cushions and car seats to help make up for the nearly $10,000 shortfall in its red kettle fundraiser.

“It’s one of the most recognizable fundraisers in the world,” Development Director Ryan Ray said of the campaign in its 127th year.

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In an era when people pay with smartphones and often don’t carry cash or coins, Ray said he wants community members who see a red kettle to know what it represents.

“Lives are positively affected and enriched by your money. We promise and guarantee the money given is used to the best of our ability; 83 cents of every dollar given to us is invested in lives in the community to help those falling through the cracks,” Ray said.

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Utility, housing and food assistance, programs for at-risk youth and helping those in homeless shelters get back on their feet are among ways the Salvation Army reaches out.

“Here in Clark County, people oftentimes see our kettles as hope. A lot of bell ringers have seen help from the Salvation Army and they want to give back,” Ray said.

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Bell ringers are paid minimum wage, but it often can be difficult to staff the kettles. Many are likely put off by the cold weather.

“The ones you see out there are warriors. ... “One of the all-star bell ringers is at Walmart on Bechtle,” who often dances and sings as he's out ringing the bell and wishing shoppers a Merry Christmas.

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Women happier after age 85 once spouse dies, psychiatrists say

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 9:04 PM


Marriage is supposed to lead to happily ever after, right? A new report reveals women over 85 are actually happier after their partner dies.

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The Health Survey for England recently conducted a study to monitor trends in the nation’s health. To do so, researchers surveyed 8,000 British adults to ask them questions about topics, including happiness, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance and self-confidence.

After analyzing the results, they found that women have poorer mental health than men throughout much of their lives. 

About 28 percent of women aged 16 to 24 reported mental health conditions, compared to just 16 percent of men. The percentage, however, decreases for young adult women. About 18 percent of both men and women between 25 and 34 said they had mental health issues. 

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It dwindles again for middle-aged women. Of those 45 to 54, 24 percent of women experienced mental health problems, compared to only 16 to 18 percent of men. And by the time people reached 85 and over, it dropped to 14 percent for women and spiked to 19 percent for men. 

Why is that? 

Women “are still more likely to bear the brunt of domestic and caring responsibilities,” Kate Lovett, the dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, told The Times. But as they age, they tend to have fewer obligations.

“Men who are single, windowed or divorced are more vulnerable to developing depression and men who are in this age bracket may be more likely to be on their own,” she said. “Paradoxically married women are often more likely to develop depression.”

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Although the report showed women have more mental health issues, it noted suicide rates were three times higher among men than women. 

“Thankfully, women are more likely to also speak out about their mental health and seek support from services,” Stephen Buckley, spokesman for the U.K.-based mental health charity, Mind, said in the article

Want to learn more about the study? Take a look at the findings here

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Here’s why keeping a cell phone too close to your body might be bad for your health

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 8:42 PM

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Do you sometimes sleep with your cell phone? The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a warning against it, because the radiation from the devices may be harmful to our bodies.

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“Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high use exposure to the energy emitted by cell phones,” Karen Smith, CDPH director and state public health officer, said in a statement earlier this week. 

Why is it potentially dangerous?

When cellphones send and receive signals, they emit radio frequency energy, which maybe impact human health. “Children’s brains develop through the teenage years and may be more affected by cell phone use,” Smith wrote. 

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To limit the exposure, CDPH is implementing new guidelines, which include keeping the phone away from the body, reducing cellphone use when the signal is weak, decreasing the use of cell phones to stream audio or video, downloading or uploading large files and keeping the phone away from the bed at night.

They also are advising people to remove headsets when not on a call and to avoid products that claim to block radio frequency energy as they may actually increase your risk.

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"We know that simple steps, such as not keeping your phone in your pocket and moving it away from your bed at night, can help reduce exposure for both children and adults," Smith said.

Take a look at the details of the recommendations here

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