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Nickel a pill: Mayor Whaley’s prescription painkiller surcharge plan

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 11:10 AM


            Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley proposed new state surcharges for prescription pain medicine to combat the opioid crisis. STAFF
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley proposed new state surcharges for prescription pain medicine to combat the opioid crisis. STAFF

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, a Democratic candidate for Ohio governor, today proposed charging a nickel per dose surcharge for every prescription painkiller pill sold in the state.

State data show that 631 million doses of opioids were distributed in Ohio, and a nickel surcharge would generate $31.5 million per year to increase funding for local police and fire responders, substance abuse stabilization centers and state psychiatric hospitals, Whaley said.

“With those dollars, we will return resources to our communities they so desperately need to fight this epidemic,” she said.

RELATED: City of Dayton sues drug makers for role in overdose epidemic

Ohio would be the first state in the nation to take this action, Whaley said, though Washington and California lawmakers have proposed similar types of legislation that would tax or charge opiate makers to pay for addiction prevention and treatment programs.

Dayton was the first city in Ohio and the fourth nationwide to sue drug companies, distributors and doctors that city officials say were responsible for the crisis.

During her announcement this morning, Whaley pointed to a joint investigation by the Washington Post and 60 Minutes that found that Congress, after a large lobbying effort, weakened federal law enforcement’s ability to go after drug distributors even as opioid-related deaths surged.

A law passed by Congress made it “virtually impossible” for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to freeze suspicious narcotic shipments from drug companies, according to the investigation.

Whaley criticized Congress for stripping power from federal law enforcement, remarking that Congress took “the E out of the DEA.”

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Farmer ID’d in fatal tractor, SUV crash in Shelby Co.

Published: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 8:24 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 2:07 PM

UPDATE @ 1:55 p.m.:

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who died after an accident involving a tractor and an SUV Saturday in Turtle Creek Twp.

John A. Fullenkamp, 36, of Fort Loramie was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a release, Fullenkamp was driving a farm tractor that was pulling an agricultural sprayer northbound on State Route 29 around 4 p.m.

A Cadillac Escalade struck the sprayer and tractor in the rear, according to the release.

Fullenkamp was ejected from the tractor.

A female driving the Cadillac was taken to Wilson Health by Fort Loramie Rescue where she was treated and released.

The accident is under investigation.

UPDATE @ 10:24 p.m.:

The fatal accident that occurred earlier today in Turtle Creek Twp. is still being investigated.

The woman driving the Cadillac Escalade was taken to Wilson Health by Fort Loramie Rescue and was treated and released. 

They have not released the name of the victim that was ejected from the farm tractor.

FIRST REPORT:

A fatal vehicle and farm tractor accident occurred earlier today on State Route 29 in the 11000 block near Fort Loramie-Swanders Road.

A farm tractor was pulling a field sprayer when an SUV rear ended the tractor.

The farmer was ejected and thrown off the tractor.

The farmer was deceased on arrival and taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

It is unknown if the driver of the SUV was injured.

The incident happened around 4:00 p.m., and is still under investigation.

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Tips on how to prevent heat-related and life-threatening illnesses during extreme heat

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 9:28 PM



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Kettering Health Network ER doctors urge caution during extreme heat. 

Everyone is at risk when temperatures rise above 90 degrees, but the elderly and the very young are most susceptible to heat and heat-related illnesses.

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Heat-related illnesses can cause serious injury and even death if unattended. Signs of these illnesses include nausea, dizziness, flushed or pale skin, and heavy sweating and headaches. If a person is affected by heat-related illness, they should be moved to a cool place, given cool water to drink, and ice packs or cool wet cloths should be applied to the skin.

If a person refuses water, vomits, or loses consciousness, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately. 

Doctors also urge caution when playing and working outside in extreme heat to avoid injuries and life-threatening illnesses. They urge people to dress for the heat, drink water, eat small meals and eat more often, slow down, stay indoors when possible, and be a good neighbor. 

For more information on how to avoid injuries and life-threatening illnesses, visit Kettering Health Network’s website.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

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Flag burning ceremony held in Piqua

Published: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 8:40 PM

When an American flag becomes worn, faded, torn or soiled, it should be retired and replaced with a new flag. There are several ways to respectfully dispose of an American flag without showing disgrace.

The VFW Post 5434 in Union held an American flag burning ceremony earlier today at Piqua Harley-Davidson.

This ceremony was an extension of National Flag Day on June 14th.

When an American flag becomes worn, faded, torn or soiled, it should be retired and replaced with a new flag.

There are several ways to respectfully dispose of an American flag without showing disgrace.

The most common method is burning the torn or tattered flag in a special ceremony. 

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Power outages reported across the area

Published: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 5:42 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 9:25 PM

UPDATE @ 9:25 p.m.:

DP&L: 1,414 outages

  • Logan: 1,090
  • Montgomery: 306
  • Greene: 7
  • Preble: 4
  • Warren: 3
  • Clinton: 2
  • Clark: 1

Duke Energy: 33 outages

  • Butler: 19
  • Warren: 289

UPDATE @ 6:50 p.m.:

DP&L: 917 outages

  • Montgomery: 896
  • Preble: 6
  • Warren: 3
  • Logan: 5
  • Greene: 4
  • Clark: 1
  • Clinton: 1

Duke Energy: 33 outages

  • Butler: 18
  • Warren: 184

FIRST REPORT:

Power outages have been reported across the area as severe thunderstorms move through. The following outage numbers have been reported:

DP&L: 953 outages

  • Montgomery: 854
  • Preble: 92
  • Mercer: 6
  • Logan: 4
  • Greene: 2
  • Clark:1 

Duke Energy: 1,140 outages 

  • Butler: 215
  • Warren: 871
Ohio Edison: 67 outages
  • Clark: 19

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