Stories tagged with: Steve Carrel

September 28, 2015 - 6:27pm
43 weeks 11 hours ago

Just of 180 pounds of pills were collected and properly disposed of in Muskingum County at Saturday's drug take back sites.

That number joins the $2,700 pills collected state-wide. Muskingum County was the second largest contributor in Ohio, following behind Franklin County. CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health Steve Carrel said the day leaves Muskingum County with cleaner streets.

"What it means for the community is that amount of pills has no chance now of reaching the...

September 25, 2015 - 2:22pm
43 weeks 2 days ago

As of 2014, accidental drug overdose is now the number one cause of death in the state of Ohio out numbering automobile accidents.

CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Steve Carrel says a contributing factor is the increase in access and usage of the painkiller fetanyl which is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

"Because the opiod drugs have such a tolerance with them, in other words it takes more of the drug to get the same effect, as people are involved with heroin...

August 27, 2015 - 4:42pm
47 weeks 4 days ago

It's been months in the making, but Muskingum Behavioral Health is finally ready to open its first ever recovery house in the county.

A safe haven free of drugs and alcohol, it's a place where men recovering from addiction will soon call home.

"The recovery residence is to support recovery, to provide a safe, sober place for people to live, they're going to be having house meetings so that they can jointly talk about issues, as well as, just a bunch of guys sitting around...

August 17, 2015 - 3:03pm
49 weeks 14 hours ago

Soon, Ohio voters will decide whether or not to legalize marijuana.  

ResponsibleOhio's proposed constitutional amendment would create ten grow sites around the state. But now, health boards around Ohio take a look into the addictive properties in marijuana, and how problems could increase if the amendment passes. 

"If you're prone to addiction you're not going to get around it if you start using," said Steve Carrel, Muskingum Behavioral Health's Executive...

August 10, 2015 - 5:05pm
50 weeks 11 hours ago

So far in 2015, there have been six drug overdose deaths in Muskingum County.  

Now, for the second time since June, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health department and Muskingum Behavioral Health will teach up to a dozen people how to use a nasal spray to counter a drug overdose.  However, Steve Carrel, executive director of Muskingum Behavioral Health, said Naloxone shouldn't be a replacement for calling 911 in the event of an overdose. 

"If you have a...

July 13, 2015 - 4:01pm
1 year 1 week ago

A recent study by the Ohio Department of Health shows some concerning findings.

The State has seen a seven hundred and fifty percent increase in the number of babies diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome since 2004. This is due to an increase in expectant mothers usage of heroin and opioids. CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Steve Carrel told us there are even issues here within the County.

"We're seeing in Muskingum county and even here at Muskingum Behavioral...

June 25, 2015 - 10:36am
1 year 4 weeks ago

The Drug Coalition of Muskingum County met to discuss future plans to improve the drug problem in the local area.

They are reaching out to the public in August with a forum to take action against drug use in Muskingum County.

"We're going to have people come in from all different walks of life in Muskingum County and the Attorney General's Office is going to walk us through some exercises where we're going to talk about what we think needs to be done," said CEO of...

June 15, 2015 - 2:57pm
1 year 5 weeks ago

ResponsibleOhio made progress this month in getting a ballot measure on the November ballot on the issue of legalizing marijuana in Ohio. 

After getting the necessary signatures, the group is waiting for verification. 

Now, as Ohio becomes one of the most recent states to push for legalization, a Nationwide Children's Hospital study looked at the number of infants and toddlers exposed to marijuana. Steve Carrel, the executive director of Muskingum Behavioral Health,...

May 1, 2015 - 4:49pm
1 year 12 weeks ago

The State Department of Health says a record number of Ohio residents have died from heroin related overdoses in the year 2013.

983 people died in 2013 as compared to 690 in 2012. Fatal heroin overdoses are a problem here in Muskinugm County too. Muskingum Behavioral Health CEO, Steve Carrel told us more.

"Well according to the statistics that were released by the Department of Health, there were 10. Which is low compared to other counties, but a heroin overdose is not...

April 21, 2015 - 4:53pm
1 year 13 weeks ago

As Ohio appears set to decide on the legality of marijuana in the near future, a recent poll done by CBS News, shows that a record high 53% of Americans feel that marijuana should be legalized.

We talked to CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Steve Carrel about some of the reasons he feels this attitude shift is becoming more apparent.

"I think there is a growing acceptance of pot, legalizing pot, partly because that's what people are seeing in the media and stuff, partly...

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