Stories tagged with: Muskingum Behavioral Health

May 21, 2014 - 5:07pm
1 year 14 weeks ago

It's no secret that prescription drug abuse plagues many youth throughout the country, but it's now becoming a problem for many senior citizens as well.

Hundreds of thousands of seniors misuse painkillers and prescription drugs, and many are even becoming addicted.  Steve Carrel of Muskingum Behavioral Health said the problem is also on the rise right here in the Zanesville area and that the vast majority of drugs taken in on medication take back day come from area seniors.

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April 16, 2014 - 4:44pm
1 year 19 weeks ago

Registration is now open for the S.T.A.R.S. Summer Camp for young women provided by Muskingum Behavioral Health.

In 2013 the S.T.A.R.S. program was taken over by the Muskingum Behavioral Health Prevention Department. S.T.A.R.S. stands for sensitivity, tolerance, attitude, responsibility and self esteem.

"We're going to put them through a series of workshops while they're there and we're going to be doing everything from sewing, to healthy cooking, to talking about...

April 8, 2014 - 11:28am
1 year 20 weeks ago

A fast growing drug epidemic takes hold of the country and the State of Ohio.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office reported that in 2012 there were over six hundred heroin related deaths in the state. One expert said it's one of the fastest growing drugs and it's not the stereotypical user taking part. These users are educated professionals.

"One large group of people are people who've been prescribed painkillers and when they get to the end of their treatment with painkillers...

February 26, 2014 - 11:24am
1 year 26 weeks ago

People from service organizations, churches and others just wanting to learn more got a lesson in mental health CPR.

The program developed in Australia in 2001 helps people understand what mental health illness is and how to recognize the warning signs of mental illness, so they can get help before there's a crisis.

A Prevention Coordinator for Muskingum Behavioral Health said getting help early is key.

"It is treatable but often times people don't know where to get...

February 20, 2014 - 11:58am
1 year 26 weeks ago

A piece of legislation makes it way through state government that would provide a drug overdose antidote to friends and family of addicts without risk of prosecution.

The drug Naloxone is a nose spray that goes immediately into the blood stream of the addict, blocking opiate receptors. The drug forces heroin and painkillers from landing and allows the body to process it out.

Fatal overdoses from heroin and painkillers are the leading cause of death in Ohio, surpassing car crashes...

February 6, 2014 - 11:41am
1 year 28 weeks ago

Broadway's mighty marquee lights dimmed, Wednesday, to honor a celebrated actor's love of every stage.

46-year-old Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away Sunday. He was found dead in the bathroom of his apartment with a syringe in his arm. He's suspected of dying from a heroin overdose.

His death draws attention to the dangers of this drug, which in the last five years has seen its use double in the US.

"They enjoy it so much that a lot of folks from the first time they...

January 23, 2014 - 12:29pm
1 year 30 weeks ago

Comments from President Barak Obama sparked debate into which is worse alcohol or marijuana.

In a recent "New Yorker" article the president said he tried smoking marijuana and that he doesn't think it's more dangerous than alcohol.

The executive director of Muskingum Behavioral health said the substances can't really be compared.

"The marijuana that he may have experienced back in the day isn't the same marijuana today," said Executive Director...

December 23, 2013 - 6:09pm
1 year 35 weeks ago

A local health expert says that the holidays can be a time of joy and happiness for most people... But not for people struggling with addictions.

CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Steve Carrel says that the holidays often remind addicts of the worse times in their lives and it makes them vulnerable to relapsing.

"Their past use and abuse, there's some negative memories while everybody is in the family getting together spirit they have a history of maybe causing problems...

November 18, 2013 - 5:25pm
1 year 40 weeks ago

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine calls heroin a statewide epidemic and the drug is also on the rise in our area.

Dewine says state statistics compiled by his office from more than 40 coroners in Ohio suggest heroin related deaths are at an all time high. CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Steve Carrel says that the economy and easier access to the drug are key reasons for the uprise of heroin use in Southeast Ohio.

"If a person goes off their pain medication there is a...

September 9, 2013 - 4:44pm
1 year 50 weeks ago

There is a new and dangerous craze among young adults and teens, instead of drinking alcohol, they are smoking it.

The practice of inhaling alcohol has become popular through two main motivations: a diet option, because you are not ingesting the calories of alcohol and to experience a faster and stronger high.

"Bottom line is, you're ingesting alcohol at a very fast rate and in a manner that it doesn't start to metabolize,” said CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health...

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