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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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,...
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department held its drug take back day from ten to two Saturday.
The event aimed to dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs that people no longer need. We spoke with the CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health Steve Carrel about why they have the drug take back. He said that it's a good way to make sure all drugs are disposed of properly.
"Environmentally this is a great way to handle it because we know that a lot of medications are...
The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department is holding a Drug Take Back Event.
It's Saturday, September 27 from 10AM to 2PM. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says all expired or unused medication will be accepted.
"Our service provides anything that you bring in prescription pills wise we'll take, including the containers they come in, liquid, the DEA wont take and we'll also take sharps that can be disposed of."
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...
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.