Stories tagged with: Muskingum Behavioral Health

January 23, 2014 - 12:29pm
27 weeks 11 hours ago

Comments from President Barak Obama sparked debate into which is worse alcohol or marijuana.

In a recent "New Yorker" article the president said he tried smoking marijuana and that he doesn't think it's more dangerous than alcohol.

The executive director of Muskingum Behavioral health said the substances can't really be compared.

"The marijuana that he may have experienced back in the day isn't the same marijuana today," said Executive Director...

December 23, 2013 - 6:09pm
31 weeks 3 days ago

A local health expert says that the holidays can be a time of joy and happiness for most people... But not for people struggling with addictions.

CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Steve Carrel says that the holidays often remind addicts of the worse times in their lives and it makes them vulnerable to relapsing.

"Their past use and abuse, there's some negative memories while everybody is in the family getting together spirit they have a history of maybe causing problems...

November 18, 2013 - 5:25pm
36 weeks 3 days ago

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine calls heroin a statewide epidemic and the drug is also on the rise in our area.

Dewine says state statistics compiled by his office from more than 40 coroners in Ohio suggest heroin related deaths are at an all time high. CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Steve Carrel says that the economy and easier access to the drug are key reasons for the uprise of heroin use in Southeast Ohio.

"If a person goes off their pain medication there is a...

September 9, 2013 - 4:44pm
46 weeks 3 days ago

There is a new and dangerous craze among young adults and teens, instead of drinking alcohol, they are smoking it.

The practice of inhaling alcohol has become popular through two main motivations: a diet option, because you are not ingesting the calories of alcohol and to experience a faster and stronger high.

"Bottom line is, you're ingesting alcohol at a very fast rate and in a manner that it doesn't start to metabolize,” said CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health...

August 26, 2013 - 4:51pm
48 weeks 3 days ago

Researchers and authorities in Ohio are reporting there is a huge jump in the number of meth addicts and meth labs being seized.

In all of 2012, 607 labs were seized by police in Ohio. as of the end of June, there have already been 635 labs seized this year. In the past five years, the number has jumped a staggering 467 percent, and there are a couple of reasons why.

"It's inexpensive, it's readily available, you can make it yourself, that way you don't have to get caught...

July 23, 2013 - 4:39pm
1 year 1 week ago

 The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network studies drug trends throughout Ohio and they've released their January 2013 report of drug abuse trends in the 16 county Athens region. The study found that a cheaper version of heroin called, "black tar heroin" is on the rise.

"It's less pure, it's got more impurities in it," said CEO of the Muskingum Behavorial Health Center, Steve Carrel. "It's just more a way of classifying it it you will. It looks like...

July 22, 2013 - 4:12pm
1 year 1 week ago

The untimely death of Hollywood actor and star of Glee, Cory Monteith is a good example that drug abuse affects everyone.

Muskingum Behaviorial Health CEO, Steve Carrel says that just because someone looks healthy does not mean he is.

"He doesn't fit what most people think the stereotype of a drug addict is when in reality he could be the poster child for people addicted to painkillers," said Carrel.

Carrel says that the largest demographic for pain killer abuse...

June 18, 2013 - 6:26pm
1 year 6 weeks ago

I scream, you scream . . . for alcoholic ice cream. The rephrased childhood chant, is the slogan for a type of alcoholic infused product, that may be on Ohio liquor store shelves soon,

Under current Ohio state law, food and confections cannot have any more than one percent alcohol. Tucked away in the state budget bill, that congress began debating on Tuesday, is a proposal that would allow foods to contain up to 20 percent.

"Senator Hite, is worried about Ohio falling behind...

June 11, 2013 - 6:31pm
1 year 7 weeks ago

Concerned citizens, health care workers, law enforcers, educators, social services and more have been trying to fight the drug problem in Muskingum County

In 2012, The Drug Coalition of Muskingum County, was created to build plans and activities to address this issue.

"Last June, we put together what needs to be done first just right off the top of our heads,” said Muskingum Behavioral Health CEO Steve Carrel. “And we wrote all of those down and different teams...

June 3, 2013 - 2:16pm
1 year 8 weeks ago

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine says synthetic drugs are being tweaked to stay legal.

Monday, Dewine met with the Ohio Pharmacy Board to discuss ways to ban newly created versions of drugs that escape the chemical definitions of state laws. Muskingum Behavioral Health CEO Steve Carrel says these drugs are altered and highly dangerous.

"They are variations on other drugs, K2 spice is synthetic marijuana basically it's plant material sprayed with certain materials to give...

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