Stories tagged with: Steve Carrel

April 21, 2015 - 4:53pm
24 weeks 2 days 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...

April 6, 2015 - 3:00pm
26 weeks 3 days ago

A new poll shows a slim majority of Ohioans are in favor of legalizing marijuana.

The Quinnipiac University poll shows Ohioans favor legalizing marijuana 52 to 44 percent with 4 percent undecided. Executive Director of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Steve Carrel, said he doesn't hang his hat on a lot of polls. But he said he wants to see more studies done before the measure hits the ballot.

"I'm not for or against any of it," Carrel said. "I am pro what does the data...

March 10, 2015 - 5:03pm
30 weeks 2 days ago

Responsible Ohio is pushing a ballot issue to legalize marijuana in Ohio, estimating high annual consumption levels and tax revenue.

We spoke with with CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health Steve Carrel who says he expects to see the issue of marijuana legalization appear on the ballot in November. Carrel spoke of the details about the consumption we could see here in our state.

"Depending on the number and where the numbers come from. The people putting the ballot language......

February 18, 2015 - 5:29pm
33 weeks 23 hours 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 - 10:10am
34 weeks 23 hours 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
34 weeks 1 day 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 - 7:14pm
36 weeks 6 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 - 5:57pm
42 weeks 6 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 - 5:31pm
50 weeks 6 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 - 5:09pm
52 weeks 21 hours 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,...

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