Stories tagged with: Muskingum Behavioral Health

July 23, 2013 - 4:39pm
38 weeks 3 days 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
38 weeks 4 days 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
43 weeks 3 days 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
44 weeks 3 days 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
45 weeks 4 days 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...

May 14, 2013 - 2:00pm
48 weeks 3 days ago

The Federal Government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has launched an anti-drinking campaign called, "Talk. They Hear You." The goal of the new campaign is for parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of drinking alcohol.

"Underage drinking is a national public health issue and it has lots of serious implications. So SAMHSA wanted to do something positive to encourage parents to just sit down and have conversations with their children...

April 26, 2013 - 6:52pm
51 weeks 20 hours ago

An Ohio state representative plans to introduce a bill to make medical marijauna use legal in Ohio. Some people are skeptical of its benefits.

State Representative Bob Hagan says he is tired of watching people suffer who would otherwise benefit from the drug. Executive Director of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Steve Carrel says marijuana use comes with its own set of negative health concerns.

"We know that that anything smoked increases cancer, increases heart rates and...

April 23, 2013 - 3:39pm
51 weeks 3 days ago

Stealing unused or expired prescription medications is one top ways drug abusers feed their habit.

This Saturday you will have a chance to properly dispose of old medication. It's a partnership between the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office, The Health Department, Genesis Health Care Systems, Muskingum Behavioral Health, Northside Pharmacy, and the Drug Enforcement Agency..

"North Side told us they would take liquids and they would dispose of them,” said Muskingum...

April 11, 2013 - 6:37pm
1 year 1 week ago

Muskingum Behavioral Health Services will soon be seeing money from Ohio's casinos.

The organization will receive a small portion of revenue from gambling houses across the state which will go towards screening residents for gambling problems and giving treatments and interventions to people with gambling problems.

"We are screening all of our clients through the months of April, May and June just to see how many clients have been impacted by problem gambling and...

March 21, 2013 - 5:41pm
1 year 4 weeks ago

The Coalition for Healthy and Drug-Free Muskingum discussed their ideas and initiatives during their hour and a half meeting Thursday morning. The discussion focused on what drugs are most prevalent in Muskingum County, how it's affecting people and what they are doing to stop it from happening.

"We're looking at ways that we can start addressing the needs of babies being born addicted, those numbers are skyrocketing in our area," said Steve Carrel, CEO of Muskingum...

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