Stories tagged with: Muskingum Behavioral Health

July 17, 2014 - 5:20pm
1 week 17 hours ago

The State of Ohio has proposed a ban on powdered alcohol.

It is also known as "Palcohol", was created by Mark Phillips for hikers in particular, and those who wish to enjoy an adult beverage on the go. It comes in a single serving packet, which is the equivalent of one shot. When added to water, can be consumed like a drink. CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Steve Carrel says individuals are torn on where to stand with this issue, due to many concerns that have been raised...

July 1, 2014 - 6:26pm
3 weeks 2 days ago

Drug addiction, particularly with heroin and prescription opioids, has been rapidly on the rise since the 1990s.

On Monday, Ohio judges, law enforcement officials, attorneys and behavioral health experts met at the Ohio Judicial Symposium on Opiate addiction to discuss the growing problem.  Steve Carrel with Muskingum Behavioral Health said the issue is also on the rise here in Muskingum County where usage is as bad as it's ever been.

"I've never seen the number of...

June 17, 2014 - 8:37pm
5 weeks 2 days ago

Behavioral health specialists are urging Ohio political candidates to show bipartisan support for efforts to fight the public health drug addiction crisis sweeping through our state.

According to CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health , Steve Carrel politicians are using drug addiction as a political platform instead of working together to find real solutions to the problem.

"It's conservatives, liberals, democrats republican and the list goes on the bottom line is this is a...

May 21, 2014 - 5:29pm
9 weeks 1 day ago

Junior High can be a difficult time for many children, but the STARS summer camp aims to help make these years positive for area girls.

STARS, which stands for sensitivity, tolerance, attitude, responsibility, and self esteem, will host a three day camp this June to try to help Muskingum County girls with problems they may face.

"We focus a lot on self esteem, friendship building, and we're going to talk about bullying," said STARS director Ronelle...

May 21, 2014 - 5:07pm
9 weeks 1 day ago

It's no secret that prescription drug abuse plagues many youth throughout the country, but it's now becoming a problem for many senior citizens as well.

Hundreds of thousands of seniors misuse painkillers and prescription drugs, and many are even becoming addicted.  Steve Carrel of Muskingum Behavioral Health said the problem is also on the rise right here in the Zanesville area and that the vast majority of drugs taken in on medication take back day come from area seniors.

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April 16, 2014 - 4:44pm
14 weeks 1 day ago

Registration is now open for the S.T.A.R.S. Summer Camp for young women provided by Muskingum Behavioral Health.

In 2013 the S.T.A.R.S. program was taken over by the Muskingum Behavioral Health Prevention Department. S.T.A.R.S. stands for sensitivity, tolerance, attitude, responsibility and self esteem.

"We're going to put them through a series of workshops while they're there and we're going to be doing everything from sewing, to healthy cooking, to talking about...

April 8, 2014 - 11:28am
15 weeks 2 days ago

A fast growing drug epidemic takes hold of the country and the State of Ohio.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office reported that in 2012 there were over six hundred heroin related deaths in the state. One expert said it's one of the fastest growing drugs and it's not the stereotypical user taking part. These users are educated professionals.

"One large group of people are people who've been prescribed painkillers and when they get to the end of their treatment with painkillers...

February 26, 2014 - 11:24am
21 weeks 1 day ago

People from service organizations, churches and others just wanting to learn more got a lesson in mental health CPR.

The program developed in Australia in 2001 helps people understand what mental health illness is and how to recognize the warning signs of mental illness, so they can get help before there's a crisis.

A Prevention Coordinator for Muskingum Behavioral Health said getting help early is key.

"It is treatable but often times people don't know where to get...

February 20, 2014 - 11:58am
22 weeks 16 hours ago

A piece of legislation makes it way through state government that would provide a drug overdose antidote to friends and family of addicts without risk of prosecution.

The drug Naloxone is a nose spray that goes immediately into the blood stream of the addict, blocking opiate receptors. The drug forces heroin and painkillers from landing and allows the body to process it out.

Fatal overdoses from heroin and painkillers are the leading cause of death in Ohio, surpassing car crashes...

February 6, 2014 - 11:41am
24 weeks 16 hours ago

Broadway's mighty marquee lights dimmed, Wednesday, to honor a celebrated actor's love of every stage.

46-year-old Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away Sunday. He was found dead in the bathroom of his apartment with a syringe in his arm. He's suspected of dying from a heroin overdose.

His death draws attention to the dangers of this drug, which in the last five years has seen its use double in the US.

"They enjoy it so much that a lot of folks from the first time they...

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