Opioid drugs claim childrens’ lives

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 3:12 PM


The opioid epidemic ravaging Ohio’s adult population has also claimed hundreds of thousands of children and adolescents as victims, based on a new study that found poison centers across the country receive an average of 32 calls a day about youths who have ingested prescription opioid drugs.

Children age 5 and younger who swallowed prescription medications, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, accounted for about 60 percent of the 188,468 calls tracked from 2000 through 2015, according to the study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

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Young children were less likely than teenagers to be admitted to a hospital for opioid poisoning, according to the study. But children are perhaps most vulnerable to the potentially lethal consequences of prescription opioids, which have accounted for tens of thousands of adult deaths in Ohio over the past decade, coinciding with a dramatic increase in the number of prescriptions written for opioids, according to Henry Spiller, director of the poison center, and one of the studies authors.

“If you’re an adult who weighs 200 pounds, a single prescription opioid tablet may make you drowsy. But if you only weigh 22 pounds, like an average 1-year-old, it could be fatal,” Spiller said, referring to the increased toxicity of opioid exposure for people with smaller body masses.

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Overall, there were 175 fatalities in children and adolescents under age 20 across the U.S. during the study period, according to data analyzed from the National Poison Data System.

All of the child victims ingested opioids by “just going out and putting things in their mouths,” Spiller said, while teenagers were more likely to take the drugs intentionally.

“The teenagers knew where the drugs were available in the home, and they ended up either stealing them for abuse or to commit suicide,” said Spiller, who noted the rate of prescription opioid–related suspected suicides among teenagers increased by 52.7 percent during the study period.

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As dire as the situation may seem, policies aimed at fighting opioid addiction, including Gov. John Kasich’s efforts to shut down so-called “pill mills” in Ohio, have had a positive impact in recent years, Spiller said.

According to the study, the annual number and rate of opioid exposure for all youth under age 20 began to decline from 2009 to 2015 — when many state and federal opioid drug policies and prescribing guidelines were implemented — after surging by 86 percent in the prior decade.

But the study also uncovered disturbing trends that continue to threaten the lives of young children, in particular.

For example, contrary to trends for other prescription opioids, exposure to buprenorphine, otherwise known as Saboxone, increased rapidly in the final three years of the study.

And children age 5 and younger accounted for 90 percent of exposures to buprenorphine, a less potent opioid prescribed to ween addicts off more powerful opioids, such as Vicodin and Percocet.

“That really stood out to us,” Spiller said. “Almost all of the exposure to buprenorphine was in children, and we don’t know why.”

Apple supplier Foxconn to announce in August if Ohio among three states to get operations

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 4:17 PM

Ohio is among seven states competing to land factories from Apple iPhone supplier Foxconn, a Taiwanese touchscreen maker.

The company will announce locations of new U.S. operations in early August, according to the Associated Press, which would be built in three states.

Ohio has made no mention of negotiations with Foxconn, but Governor John Kasich made a hastily planned trip to Japan in June to discuss an undisclosed business venture, the same weekend governors from Pennsylvania and Wisconsin - two other states Foxconn is considering - were also present.

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Texas, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan are also being considered. Foxconn began examining operations in the United States in 2014 because of shipping costs, but has stressed the need for financial incentives to make U.S. factories work. The company’s purchase of Japanese company Sharp has also played a factor. Gou said in January that Pennsylvania appeared to be a leader in luring the manufacturer

In an article from Bloomberg, Gou said the company was focused on building factories in the U.S. heartland.

“Our investment in the U.S. will focus on these states because they are the heart of the country’s manufacturing sector,” Gou told investors, according to Bloomberg. “We are bringing the entire industrial chain back to the traditional manufacturing region of the U.S. That may include display making, semiconductor packaging and cloud-related technologies.”

The investment has been estimated to be near $7 billion. Gou said there is potential for tens of thousands of new jobs.

Wisconsin is viewed as a  favorite because of its governor, Scott Walker, and his close relationship with President Donald Trump. House Speaker Paul Ryan is also from Wisconsin and the state has made a major play for the company and been one of the few to publicly acknowledge incentives it would give if Foxconn were to open there for business.

Michigan recently passed a bill rewarding companies that relocate with 3,000 or more jobs and pay a wage average for the area. 

No details of Ohio’s package have been made available, but the AP listed positives for each state, writing Ohio has a strengthening business economy, as well as recent cuts to corporate taxes and regulation streamlining. Ohio also has an extensive network of universities for training high-skilled workers.

Kasich was also involved in helping Chinese autoglass manufacturer Fuyao to locate its U.S. plant at the site of the former General Motors truck plant. Ohio's location is also a major positive being close to the U.S. population center, given logistics, shipping costs; a trait shared by other competing states Indiana and Illinois. 


Female bank robbery suspect held on 2 counts in Dayton

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 6:40 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 10:27 AM

Santa Cruz police activity

UPDATE @ 10:27 a.m. July 22

A 32-year-old woman is in jail on suspicion of robbing banks in Dayton on Friday.

Nicole M. Brown is being held in the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of two incidents of aggravated robbery.

Brown was booked into jail around 9 p.m. after Dayton police arrested her in the 400 block of Santa Cruz Avenue.

Police said Brown is the suspect who tried to rob Key Bank on Linden Avenue then robbed the Fifth Third Bank on Patterson Road Friday afternoon.

Brown is scheduled to appear Monday for an arraignment in Dayton Municipal Court.

UPDATE @ 7:45 p.m. (July 21)

A suspect in a robbery this afternoon at Fifth Third Bank on Patterson Road is in police custody tonight.

"We had an attempted robbery and robbery of a bank, two different locations, Dayton police Sgt. Terry Bartlett said. 

Police apprehended a suspect at the home in the 400 block of Santa Cruz Avenue, the sergeant said. The woman's name was not released. 

"The occupants did come out, the white female that was our suspect is being interviewed now for further details," Bartlett said. 

A man also was in the house, but there is no indication he was involved, said Bartlett, who would not discuss the baby and young child seen with police on the porch. 

A dog described by Bartlett as a black pit bull came running up on officers and was placed in a cruiser to secure it. The dog was taken by the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, he said. 

Dayton police responded to a bank robbery that happened around 3:45 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank, 1032 Patterson Road, and about 10 minutes earlier to an attempted bank robbery at Key Bank, 4000 Linden Ave. The suspect was seen leaving Fifth Third in a blue truck, but Bartlett would not confirm the blue truck in front of the Santa Cruz house was the suspect vehicle in the case.

UPDATE @ 6:55 p.m.

A woman was taken away in back of a Dayton police cruiser tonight from a home in the 400 block of Santa Cruz Avenue.

A man was in the back of another cruiser, and a Dayton police officer was holding a baby on the front porch of the home. There also appeared to be another young child standing on the porch with several officers.


Police are surrounding a home tonight in the 400 block of Santa Cruz Avenue in Dayton.

Police search truck in connection to possible bank robberies in Dayton.

The police activity is connected to a robbery this afternoon at Fifth Third Bank, 1032 Patterson Road, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

A female bank robbery suspect handed the same note to two banks within 10 minutes, Dayton police said.

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Around 3:15 p.m. she entered Fifth Third Bank and handed tellers a note saying she had a gun, according to a 911 call. She fled the bank down Patterson Road in a blue pickup truck after getting a few thousand dollars, despite earlier reports she did not get any money. The suspect has brown hair and she was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants, according to a dispatch log from the regional dispatch center.

Patterson Fifth Third robbery

Dayton police said she handed the same not to employees at Key Bank, 4000 Linden Ave., but fled empty-handed.

Officers finish treehouse started by slain trooper

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 3:40 PM

File image of a treehouse.
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File image of a treehouse.(luisrsphoto/ iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Three dozen law enforcement officers came together to finish a project started by New York State Trooper Joel Davis, who was killed in the line of duty July 9.

Davis, 36, had started work on a treehouse for his daughter, Jaila, but he was killed before it could be finished. Davis died days before Jaila's 13th birthday, Syracuse.com reported.

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This week, dozens of active and retired officers helped finish the building of the treehouse. A flag with a blue line was placed on the railing in memory of Davis. Jaila posed for a photo in the treehouse upon its completion.

Davis was responding to a domestic violence call when he was fatally shot, Syracuse.com reported.

CDC: Deadly salmonella outbreak linked to papayas

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 2:58 PM

Yellow Maradol papaya
Centers for Disease Control
Yellow Maradol papaya(Centers for Disease Control)

Dozens of people have been sickened and at least one person has died in a salmonella outbreak linked to a specific variety of papayas, the Centers for Disease Control said.

A total of 47 people in 12 states have been diagnosed with salmonella infections believed to have been caused by yellow Maradol papayas, the CDC said in a news release.

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At least a dozen people have been hospitalized and one death has been reported, according to the CDC. Illnesses were first reported in mid-May and ended in late June, but the CDC said any illness reports filed after June 23 may not be captured in the current data.

The CDC urges all consumers, restaurants and other businesses to refrain from serving and eating yellow Maradol papayas at this time. The yellow Maradol papaya is described by the CDC as "a large, oval fruit that weighs 3 or more pounds, with green skins that turn yellow when the fruit is ripe. The flesh inside the fruit is salmon-colored."