Stories tagged with: Muskingum Behavioral Health

February 11, 2015 - 10:10am
19 weeks 5 days ago

A state report on drug abuse shows heroin remains popular and widely available across most of Ohio. 

A drug expert from Muskingum Behavioral Health said the trend towards heroin started in our area two years ago replacing marijuana in popularity. 

"We're seeing it more in the treatment program, but we're also hearing more about it more and more in the community," said Executive Director of Muskingum Behavioral Health Steve Carrel. "I sit around the table...

February 10, 2015 - 12:18pm
19 weeks 6 days ago

Under a proposed constitutional amendment some counties in Ohio could soon house marijuana growing farms. 

If the issue passes and makes the ballot one such site would be built on 35 acres of land in Licking County. The site in Pataskala is just a few minutes drive from Licking Heights High School. 

This farm as well as nine others would be owned by companies investing in the ballot issue in order to make a profit from the industry. One drug expert said legalizing the...

January 23, 2015 - 8:04am
22 weeks 4 days ago

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Missing Strasburg Couple Found Dead

COSHOCTON COUNTY, OHIO (WHIZ) - A burned-out car belonging to a missing Strasburg couple was found near Bakersville on Adams Township Road Thursday. The bodies of its owners, 88-year-old Doyle Chumney and his 79-year-old wife Lillian, were later discovered inside.

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PERRY TOWNSHIP, OHIO (WHIZ) - The second individual discovered...

January 22, 2015 - 7:14pm
22 weeks 4 days ago

Muskingum Behavioral Health is creating a new coalition that will be modeled after a successful drug free coalition in Cincinnati.

The new coalition for Healthy Drug Free Muskingum held their first meeting in December. According to the Director of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Steve Carrel, the first steps to building a successful coalition is the planning process.

"So what we're doing is we're teaming up with the coalition from Cincinnati and they're our mentor. Right now we...

January 15, 2015 - 7:39pm
23 weeks 4 days ago

 Businesses throughout Ohio are looking to promote a drug-free workplace.

According to the Small Business Administration, on average, employees with inappropriate substance use cost their employers about $7,000 annually. This afternoon we spoke with the Executive Director of the Muskingum Behavioral Health Department, Steve Carrel, who says it's the most important thing is that businesses have a firm policy in place.

"The first thing is getting a policy in place. A...

December 15, 2014 - 6:06pm
28 weeks 13 hours ago

New data shows that an addiction to painkillers in Ohio is now on par with alcoholism.

Data from the Cincinnati enquirer reports that out of 87,000 clients treated for addiction, 33% received care for alcoholism while 32% received care for painkiller addiction. We spoke with the Executive Director of the Muskingum Behavior Health, Steve Carrel, who says they have seen a huge increase in the number of painkiller addictions.

"It's been growing for the last 5 years, 5-10...

December 11, 2014 - 5:57pm
28 weeks 4 days ago

Everyday 46 people in the United States die from an overdose of prescription pain killers.

According to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, fatal drug overdoses claim more lives than motor vehicle accidents each year. Because these number are so startling, Muskingum Behavioral Health is in the process of developing a recovery residence to provide safe, sober housing for those working towards long term recovery.

"Housing is another concern that we're dealing with...

December 1, 2014 - 7:38pm
30 weeks 13 hours ago

As we're into December now people are gearing up for the upcoming holidays.

While it is a time of celebration for many people, for others it brings on bouts of depression. We spoke with the Executive Director of Muskingum County Behavioral Health, Steve Carrel, about the holiday blues. He said people can struggle with substance abuse during this time and he recommends to set reasonable expectations for the season.

People need to have reasonable expectations for this time of year...

October 17, 2014 - 5:31pm
36 weeks 3 days ago

The State of Ohio is planning to spend nearly $5.8 million on gambling addiction and treatment this year.

Locally we aren't seeing this money come by way of a specific grant or project, but, according Executive Director of Muskingum Behavioral Health Steve Carrel, we are seeing some of that money based on general per captia dollars. Carrel said currently two programs are being implemented to combat gambling addiction.

"Two things that the six addiction agencies in our area...

October 8, 2014 - 5:09pm
37 weeks 5 days ago

Heroin has become a major campaign issue in Ohio as politicians disagree over who has done more to tackle the problem.

In the race for Attorney General, democratic challenger David Pepper has accused GOP Incumbent Mike Dewine of a slow response to the heroin epidemic, but, Steve Carrel the Chief Executive Officer of Muskingum Behavior Health said that this isn't really a political issue. The small parts that the politicos suggest may be good, but, the reality of the situation is that,...

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