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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.
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.
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.
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.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
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Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:47 AM
DARKE COUNTY — A firefighter has reportedly been injured in a fire in Darke County.
The fire was reported shortly before 3 a.m. in the 1400 block of Preble County Butler Township Road. Around 3 a.m., crews reported there was an explosion and a firefighter was down, according to initial reports.
The fire reportedly started in an attached garage before spreading to the home.
We have a crew headed to the scene. This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.
Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 10:34 PM
— Clouds will be on the increase overnight tonight as rain approaches toward daybreak Monday. Temperatures overnight will be steady in the upper 30s and lower 40s.
MONDAY: Rain returns, and it could be heavy at times. While the chance for storms is not all that high, it can’t be ruled out. Highs will be in the lower to middle 60s.
TUESDAY: More dry time is expected, but storms will be possible later in the evening. Highs will be near 70 degrees.
WEDNESDAY: Rain showers are expected with highs near 60 degrees.
THURSDAY: The chance for rain continues mainly south. Highs will be in the middle 40s.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 12:07 AM
SEATTLE — A self-proclaimed white nationalist was banned from a Fremont gym after the owners learned he is a leader in the alt-right community.
The owners of Northwest Fitness Project say Greg Johnson is longer welcome there.
“The trainer terminated his contract and we banned him from the gym,” said Kyle Davis, a co-owner of the gym.
It's a move that has some people wondering if it violates a city ordinance that says "places of public accommodation" can't discriminate based on a person's beliefs.
But the owners of the gym say that ordinance doesn't apply -- because it’s not a public space. To use the space, you must be the client of a trainer.
“There’s no open gym membership, it's not like people can come and go as they please,” Davis said. “Trainers come and run their own businesses out of this location."
“There's a right of first refusal of the independent trainer. And (the trainer) chose to not work with him anymore due to the harm it would cause his reputation, and not wanting to be associated with those views,” Davis said.
The Southern Poverty Law Center calls Greg Johnson an "international figure for white nationalism” and “one of the leading voices of the far-right.”
In September 2017, the New York Times interviewed him undercover and posted it on its website.
In the interview, Johnson says, “I would identify myself as a white nationalist. That states the goals I have politically.”
When asked about people who are Jewish, Johnson says, “The solution would ultimately (be) to expel them.”
Davis said he’s disturbed to hear Johnson’s views.
“I would feel threatened, yes,” he said. “I'm converting to Judaism, my fiancée is Jewish and we want to raise our kids Jewish.”
The owners say after Johnson was banned, a white nationalist publication told followers to post negative reviews on the gym's Yelp and Facebook pages.
“We were at a five (star average review); it went down to a three,” said Matthew Holland, the other co-owner of Northwest Fitness Project.
But hundreds of people supported the gym on social media, helping it bounce back.
“Now we're to like a 4.8,” Holland said. “We have a great community and we didn't realize how awesome they all were. Going through a rough time like this, it was just so encouraging.”
The Puget Sound Anarchists first published last week that Johnson lives in Seattle. It’s also how the gym owners found out about Johnson’s beliefs.
Johnson did not comment.