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 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.
A dozen hopefuls worked their way to becoming peer support coaches for those suffering from mental illness and addictions.
The Peer Support Program aims to help people get into recovery and stay sober for the remainder of their lives. The students learn a variety of tactics to help them through the process while supporting others just starting their journey.
" A lot of what's talked about here are rules and boundaries," said Steve Carrel, CEO of Muskingum Behavioral...
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.
Researchers at Northwestern University studied a small sample of patients ages 18 to 25 who use marijuana casually or for recreational use. All patients used the drug differently, some every day, others every month. The study found that young adults in that age group who use marijuana have "significant abnormalities" in the brain. Muskingum Behavioral Health CEO Steve Carrel said the findings are significant because the brain doesn't fully mature until about 25.
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...
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...