Stories tagged with: Muskingum Behavioral Health

February 12, 2015 - 8:35am
1 year 23 weeks ago

Top stories for Thursday, February 12, 2015:

Drug Abuse Trends

MUSKINGUM COUNTY, OHIO (WHIZ) - A recent survey of drug abuse trends shows that heroin remains popular and widely available. According to Executive Director of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Steve Carrel, two years ago they began seeing more clients abusing the drug, and now it's replaced marijuana as the most used drug in our area.

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February 11, 2015 - 10:10am
1 year 23 weeks 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
1 year 23 weeks 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
1 year 26 weeks 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.

Deceased Man Identified

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

January 22, 2015 - 7:14pm
1 year 26 weeks 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
1 year 27 weeks 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
1 year 31 weeks 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
1 year 32 weeks 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
1 year 33 weeks 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
1 year 40 weeks 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...

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