Stories tagged with: Muskingum Behavioral Health

October 9, 2012 - 4:34pm
1 year 42 weeks ago

Due to the growth of prescription drug addiction, community involvement is needed to slow down the rising epidemic.

Muskingum County Behavioral Health Executive Director Steve Carell spoke to the Noon Rotary Club on Tuesday about bringing attention to the county's painkiller addiction.

"For Muskingum County, we're still well above the state average in prescribed opiates so even though the state is seeing some decrease, we're not seeing a significant decrease here," said...

September 19, 2012 - 5:00pm
1 year 45 weeks ago

New drug trends are making it harder for parents to identify drug abuse in young people.

Drugs are being manufactured and targeted toward kids by using bright colors and household names to disguise their harmful effects. More young people are getting their hands on their parents or grandparents prescription medications.

"In some cases they're going to parties where you either they're called skittle parties or pharm parties where you throw all of the pills into a bowl and...

September 7, 2012 - 1:24pm
1 year 46 weeks ago

The election season is heating up with reminders to vote.

Muskingum Behavioral Health is hoping its levy kick-off will stir up a renewal vote for Mental Health and Recovery Services. On Friday, they held a tailgate party reminding the community of the importance of their programs.

"The levy in Muskingum County is vital, it provides the foundation for all of our services between Thompkins Center, Six County and Muskingum Behavioral Health," said Behavioral Health...

September 4, 2012 - 6:34pm
1 year 47 weeks ago

Muskingum Behavioral Health is holding a tailgate party to kick off its levy renewal campaign.

The tailgate will feature raffles prizes as well as the traditional tailgating food.

Executive Director Steve Carrel said the event is all in an effort to bring awareness to the importance of renewing the levy, which provides a majority of the funding for drug and alcohol recovery programs.

"It's all in fun," said Carrel, "but again for a very serious issue because...

August 20, 2012 - 5:44pm
1 year 49 weeks ago

Mixing drugs with alcohol is becoming more common among those who abuse.

A new report shows that 37 percent of substance abuse treatment admissions involve both alcohol and drug abuse. Using both substances can be a deadly combination.

"Basically what you get is when you have a person who's on either amphetamine medication or cocaine, crack, who's drinking you end up with a wide-awake drunk," said  Muskingum Behavioral Health Executive Director Steve Carrel.


August 6, 2012 - 4:34pm
1 year 51 weeks ago

Officials say there's a growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse on college campuses.

A new survey says roughly one out of four college-age students have illegally used prescription drugs. The painkiller death rate in Ohio has increased 372% in the past 10 years. Executive Director of Muskingum Behavioral Health Steve Carrel says a campus is a prime place for drug abuse.

"You've got a group of people, away from home for the first time. They have to self-regulate and their...

July 10, 2012 - 1:42pm
2 years 3 weeks ago

State health officials say methadone causes one out of every ten fatal drug overdoses in Ohio.

The sharp increase in the number of methadone prescriptions is a factor in the number of deaths. CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health Steve Carrel says whether they have prescriptions or not, abusers will find ways to get drugs.

"Some people take painkillers legitimately because they have pain, legitimate pain that needs to be treated. Some people become addicted and at...

June 7, 2012 - 5:13pm
2 years 7 weeks ago

Muskingum Behavioral Health is reminding parents to keep tabs on their teenagers this summer.

Executive Director Steve Carrel said when young people are unsupervised, they are more likely to use drugs and alcohol.  He said prescription painkillers are becoming an epidemic across the country.

"In the last ten years, nationwide we've seen a 350% increase in unintentional overdoses from painkillers," said Carrel.  "It's definitely a deadly problem that we...

May 14, 2012 - 3:56pm
2 years 11 weeks ago

The abuse of prescription drugs is becoming more and more common...

Overdose drug deaths by prescription painkillers are now the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio. Muskingum Behavioral Health's Steve Carrel said it's becoming a lot easier for people to get ahold of prescription drugs.

"From surveys that have been done, most people, especially young people, start using opiates that they get from family, friends... not a doctor. It's not the seedy drug dealer...

April 30, 2012 - 11:06am
2 years 13 weeks ago

Appalachian Ohio sits above the state average for prescribed painkillers.

Muskingum County Behavioral Health's Steve Carrel said the higher than normal numbers could partly be due to pill mills.

"Part of the problem for Appalachian Ohio was the pain mills of Southern Ohio," said Carrel. "Many of whom are out of business. I saw a chart that shows the largest drop in prescribed opiates is actually in Southern Ohio where those clinics were."

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