PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

New research finds stiffer prison terms do not deter drug use. Also on our nationwide rundown: We take you to a state where 4 in 10 adults have guns; and “ghost” fishing gear is killing whales and seals in oceans.

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Public News Service - OH: Mental Health

Social workers, like Tee Taylor of Lorain County Children's Services, help pick up the pieces when families are torn apart. (Patti-Jo Burnett)<br />

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Social workers dedicate their time and energy to helping make the country a better place to live, and in Ohio, more than 9,000 focus that time and energy on children and families. This is National Social Work Month, and agencies around the Buckeye State are highlighting the v

Fear, shame, dependence and concerns about not being believed are some of the many reasons sexual assault survivors don't seek help. (Andy_Graf/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Advocates for women say the wave of high profile sexual abuse allegations is helping survivors in Ohio find their voices. But who can they trust? In a survey of Cuyahoga County residents, most respondents said if they needed assistance after a sexual assault, they would turn to a

Data from the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections outlines overcrowding in Ohio jails. (Keiper)

By Andrew Keiper Kent State-Ohio News Connection Across Ohio, opioid addiction and pretrial detention stemming from unaffordable bonds have led to a dangerous jail overcrowding problem, advocates and corrections officials say. An analysis of 83 inspections of county-operated jails found that 34 pe

Nearly 725,000 previously uninsured Ohioans were able to access health care under Medicaid expansion. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- While Gov. John Kasich recently protected Medicaid by vetoing a proposed freeze of the expansion, the future of the program still faces uncertainty at the federal level. Republicans in the Senate unveiled a revised version of their health care plan last week. It would cut the pr

Ohio schools receive more than $51 million in federal Medicaid funding to pay for health services such as speech therapy. (Lynne Featherstone/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – House Republicans this week may release a revised version of their health-care plan, which could jeopardize funding for school health services in Ohio. According to a report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, Ohio schools receive more than $51 million in feder

Experts say children of opioid-addicted parents often are traumatized because of extreme neglect. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio has still not escaped the clutches of the opioid epidemic and some groups say its youngest victims often are forgotten. According to the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO), nearly half of children taken into the care of social service agencies in 2015

About one in five teens suffers from a mental health condition. (anitapeppers/Morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio schools educate students about the dangers of substance use, but some districts are going beyond typical prevention services by bringing mental health providers on board. In the Dublin School System, clinicians with Syntero counseling are working in each building one-on

Some groups argue the weekend shooting death of a Cincinnati homeless man was avoidable. (Pixabay)

CINCINNATI - While prosecutors say a deadly police shooting in Ohio was justified, some community groups argue the tragedy was avoidable. After robbing a Cincinnati grocery store on Sunday morning and threatening a security guard with a knife, officials say 25-year-old Jawari Porter lunged at Office

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