Stories tagged with: Steve Carrel

February 18, 2015 - 4:29pm
1 week 5 days ago

Responsible Ohio, a group pushing for a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in Ohio, has now rewritten its proposal to allow people to grow a limited amount in their homes.

The revised proposal would allow people over 21 to get a license to cultivate up to four marijuana plants at home for personal use. Prior to the rewrite, the proposed amendment had called for ten grow sites across the state, making home growth illegal. This new information is sure to stir up even more...

February 11, 2015 - 9:10am
2 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 - 11:18am
2 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 22, 2015 - 6:14pm
5 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...

December 11, 2014 - 4:57pm
11 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...

October 17, 2014 - 4:31pm
19 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 - 4:09pm
20 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,...

September 27, 2014 - 3:55pm
22 weeks 2 days ago

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...

July 17, 2014 - 4:20pm
32 weeks 4 days ago

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...

July 1, 2014 - 5:26pm
34 weeks 6 days ago

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.

"I've never seen the number of...

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