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Report: Ohio sees 89 percent decrease in opioid 'doctor shopping'

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A yearly report by the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System indicates that more doctors and pharmacists are checking into patient information before prescribing opioids. 

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Prosecutor hails drop in western Pennsylvania OD deaths

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Federal prosecutors say overdose deaths are down sharply in western Pennsylvania, a positive development in fighting the opioid epidemic.

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Ohio worker's comp agency to switch painkiller for injured

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An Ohio agency says it will replace a painkiller widely blamed for the nation's opioid abuse crisis on its list of approved drugs for injured workers.

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Trumbull County overdose deaths are down but fentanyl still prevalent in Mahoning Valley Video included

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Tony Villanueva, commander of TAG, says they're continuing to see fentanyl in cocaine, crack cocaine and crystal meth.

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Report: Americans more likely to die from OD than auto accident

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For the first time in U.S. history, a person is more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash, according to National Safety Council analysis. 

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  • Why we are doing this

    Why we are doing this

    The 21 News team is embarking on a special project to combat the heroin epidemic in our community. 

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    The 21 News team is embarking on a special project to combat the heroin epidemic in our community. 

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  • 21 WFMJ, local media outlets come together to battle heroin epidemic

    21 WFMJ, local media outlets come together to battle heroin epidemic

    Friday, September 29 2017 4:43 PM EDT2017-09-29 20:43:00 GMT

    Three reporters in the Mahoning Valley, Renee Fox, Jordyn Grzelewski, and Lindsay McCoy, have worked aggressively in recent years exposing the death and destruction wrought by the heroin crisis, yet despite their dire warnings on television, on the web and in newspapers, the situation here has worsened dramatically.

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    Three reporters in the Mahoning Valley, Renee Fox, Jordyn Grzelewski, and Lindsay McCoy, have worked aggressively in recent years exposing the death and destruction wrought by the heroin crisis, yet despite their dire warnings on television, on the web and in newspapers, the situation here has worsened dramatically.

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