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Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 8:36 AM
MIDDLETOWN — About 50 people from the Middletown area and regional journalists spent two hours at the MidPointe Public Library on Monday evening talking about and listening to the impact the opioid epidemic has had on the community in terms of human life and damage to families.
The participants came from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from addicts and parents of addicts to social workers and emergency room nurses.
Monday was the second of a series of Your Voice Ohio forums in southwest Ohio intended to bring residents together to find ways to respond to the opioid crisis, which contributed to a total of 77 overdose deaths in Middletown alone last year. Middletown recorded 966 opioid-related overdoses in 2017, and of those, 798 people received Narcan from city EMS medics.
Your Voice Ohio is a collaboration of about 30 news media organizations across the state, including the Journal-News, Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News-Sun.
“The goal today was to try to help journalists, actually, come into closer contact with the people in the community, have an opportunity to sit with a diverse group and and think about what are the competing concerns with the opioid crisis and how do we as journalists best provide people in our community with the information they need at any given moment to try to deal with say family issues or think about public policy issues,’” said Doug Oplinger, project manager with Your Voice Ohio.
Participants were asked what the opioid epidemic looked like in their community; what they saw were the causes of the epidemic; and possible steps to combat the opioid epidemic.
Concerns raised in these small-group discussions included:
• The need for more detoxification and treatment centers in Middletown
• The ripple effect of issues created when young children see their parents or other loved ones overdose on drugs,
• Overcoming the stigma that recovering addicts experience
• The ease of obtaining opioids for pain management
• Increasing public funding for treatment centers and more response teams
• The need to develop more strategies increasing classroom education at all younger grades
• More faith-based involvement
• More media stories of addicts successfully completing their treatment programs
“We don’t have enough detox and treatment centers,” said Kim Carroll of Middletown. “It shouldn’t matter who has titles if this is about helping people. They need to get out into the streets (to reach out to addicts).”
Carroll thought the session “was very educational.”
“Education is the key,” she said. “I’ve learned in life that you’re going to be a talker or a walker. We need to put these words into action.”
After Monday’s session, participants felt the session was worthwhile and were willing to attend another session in the future.
“I’m so excited this was available,” said Danette Moore of Middletown, who has two sons who are addicts. “I heard a lot of good ideas to start a platform of coordinated care services for all addicts and families. It also increased community awareness.”
When asked what advice she would give a parent whose child has become addicted, Moore said they need to find out what resources are available.
“You need to understand that you’ll walk a fine line of being an enabler and tough love,” she said. “You’ll also learn that you don’t have control over the situation, even if you wanted to.”
Forums on opioids
Aditional Your Voice Ohio forums are scheduled in other locations in southwest Ohio. The sessions are free to attend, but because of limited seating, people are asked to RSVP online on Eventbrite.com and search for Your Voice Ohio.
East Cincinnati — 6:30 p.m., today, Feb. 13, Madisonville Recreation Center, 5320 Stewart Ave., Cincinnati.
By the Numbers
Costs of heroin epidemic for Middletown taxpayers in 2017
Source: The city of Middletown
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:11 PM
TAMPA, Fla. — A service dog delivered eight puppies in the terminal of the Tampa International Airport on Friday.
The two-year-old Labrador retriever named Elli, short for Eleanor Rigby, gave birth to seven males and one female puppy, according to Tampa Bay Fire.
An airport spokesperson told WTVT that a woman and her daughter were traveling to Philadelphia with a pair of service dogs when the female started going into labor.
They knew she was pregnant, but didn’t know she was so close to giving birth.
Mom’s name is Ellie, short for Eleanor Rigby. Two year old yellow lab pic.twitter.com/dzPCn8mdoN— Tampa Fire Rescue (@TampaFireRescue) May 25, 2018
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:04 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 4:08 PM
TROTWOOD — UPDATE @ 4:05 p.m.
The victim in a deadly early Friday morning crash in Trotwood has been identified as Antwahn Swain, 35, of Dayton by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
No preliminary information was available on Swain’s cause and manner of death.
The Montgomery County coroner has been requested to a fiery crash in Trotwood.
The crash was reported around 1:20 a.m. in the 5200 block of Little Richmond Road. Initial reports indicated one person was trapped in the car after the car crashed and caught fire.
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 2:41 PM
— Olivia Munn has opened up about ex Aaron Rodgers’ family issues nearly one year after their split.
Munn appeared on Sirius XM’s “Andy Cohen Live” and said she only met the NFL Green Bay quarterback’s parents “a couple of times.”
“Before he and I started dating, he hadn’t spoken to one of the brothers and his parents for eight months,” Munn told Cohen, according to Bravo TV.
US Weekly reports that Munn and Rodgers dated for three years before their split in 2017.
Rodgers’ brother, Jordan, got the final rose on ABC’s “The Bachelorette” during the show’s 2016 season.
She told Cohen that she encouraged Rodgers to work on his family relationships. At one point, she said that she helped him draft bullet points to guide a conversation.
“I just think it’s really important to try to mend things in a family. And I encourage that,” Munn told Cohen. “But at the end of the day, I do believe that family and fame and success can be really complicated if their dreams are connected to your success.”
While they were together, Munn was blamed for causing the rift between Rodgers and his family, 24-7 Sports reports.
Rodgers is currently dating professional racing driver Danica Patrick.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 1:25 PM
— Days away from the official start of Atlantic hurricane season, the first tropical system of 2018 formed Friday in the Caribbean Sea.
The National Hurricane Center has begun to issue warnings on Subtropical Storm Alberto as the system makes its way over the Yucatan and into the Gulf of Mexico.
At 11 a.m. Friday, forecasters put Alberto 55 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico. The storm’s sustained winds were 40 mph and it was moving northeast at 6 mph. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the storm Friday afternoon.
The NHC classified the storm as a “preseason subtropical storm.” While there is a difference in the classification of storms – from extratropical, to subtropical, to tropical – they are all capable of threatening life and property.
Here’s a look at the characteristics of both subtropical and tropical systems.
For more information on tropical systems, see: