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Communities across the Midwest have been devastated by the opioid epidemic. But there's still a lot of misunderstanding about how opioids affect our bodies. A new and unusual museum exhibit is tackling this issue. 

Ohio law permits pharmacists to give the overdose drug Naloxone without a prescription to people who deal with opioid addicts. But one state lawmaker says many pharmacists are not doing that.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is backing a study to take an in-depth look at the genetic factors behind substance abuse disorder. Yost believes this will be a critical step towards data-based prevention efforts.

Andy Grimm

Crowds are expected in Courthouse Square Sunday for the sixth-annual “Rally For Recovery,” an event promoting recovery from addiction. The rally is hosted by the nonprofit advocacy group FOA Families of Addicts.

FOA Executive Director Anita Kitchen says last year’s rally was attended by more than 3,000 people.

This year's event, she says, will have a broader Dayton focus.

Good Shepherd Ministries

Recovery from addiction can be an uphill battle under the best of circumstances. And for many people seeking recovery, family and friends can be critical. Many mental health advocates say community support can sometimes increase the odds an addict will get -- and stay -- clean. That support can sometimes be hard to come by but in Dayton there is a residential program designed to give recovering addicts the tools they need to heal, and get back on their feet. 

Daybreak staff member, Jay Paxson tells his story of homelessness, addiction, and recovery at "In-Demand Jobs Week" presentation. Also pictured, right to left: Sandra Brasington, Alisia Clark, Helen Jones-Kelley, and Kathy Hooks.
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This week, a number of organizations are hosting events to spotlight Ohio In-Demand Jobs Week. Officials are calling it “a statewide celebration of jobs, industries and skills on-demand.” With that in mind, state and local public health advocates gathered Wednesday at the Daybreak shelter for runaway and homeless youth in Dayton. The event was centered around the importance of steady employment in helping young people get back on their feet after drug addiction.

Yellow Springs' new 50,000-square-foot medical marijuana cultivation facility will produce a variety of medically sanctioned products, including edibles and sprays.
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The first of several medical marijuana dispensaries is about a month away from opening for business in Springfield. Pure Ohio Wellness LLC would be the first to open in Southwest Ohio. 

A few other dispensaries are already operating in other parts of the state. Some Dayton addiction centers say they have concerns as the dispensaries begin operations.

Federal money to fight the opioid crisis nearly doubled in the last two years, according to a national think tank’s new report analyzing that funding.

The opioid epidemic has touched the lives of thousands of people across the Miami Valley. As part of our coverage of the crisis, WYSO wanted to know what our listeners wanted to know. We collected dozens of questions, a lot of them from people wondering how best to help a loved one struggling with addiction or recovery, and how to find support for themselves.

There’s a new anti-drug effort that involves a variety of groups from around the state. 

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