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Updated PNS Daily Newscast - September, 22 2017 


The news we're following on today's rundown: Facebook turns over Russia-linked ads to Congress; how Senate Republicans’ new health-care bill could hurt the fight against the opioid epidemic; and Texas food banks prepare to serve the long-term needs of Harvey victims.

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Public News Service - OH: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

About 4,800 of the more than 24,000 Ohio kids who exited foster care in 2016 were reunified with their families. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – When a child is removed from their home, the ultimate goal is to get them back with their families. But reunification is becoming increasingly difficult as an influx of kids enter care due to the opioid epidemic. Paula Davis, the associate director of the East Region for the

Federal officials say the opioid epidemic is killing more than 140 Americans every day. <br />(kphotographer/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Some of those working to fight Ohio's opioid epidemic say a national-emergency declaration could boost their efforts. In its initial report, the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has suggested the opioid epidemic be declared a national emergen

In February, 128 people called poison centers in Ohio regarding the use of opioids. (Cincinnati Children's)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio's opioid epidemic has not let up, with reports of drug overdose deaths making daily headlines. Poison control centers are playing a vital role as medical personnel work to combat the crisis. In 2014, 2,400 Ohioans died from unintentional drug overdose, and last month,

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

Ohio law now allows local health boards to create syringe exchange programs without having to declare a public health emergency. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With Ohio's heroin epidemic, increasing numbers of communities are learning the public health value of having syringe exchange programs. A report from the Center for Community Solutions shows these programs represent an effective strategy in combating infections associated w

Alcohol use can impact academic performance. Credit: mcconnors/morguefile

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It is often a challenge for almost anyone with substance abuse problems, especially teenagers, to reach out for help. So some schools in Ohio are using a new technique to better identify those at risk. Professionals with Health Partners of Western Ohio are screening student

Ohio opponents argue an anti-monopoly ballot measure is anti-democratic. Credit: Tom Arthur/Flickr

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ballot measure to legalize marijuana is not the only controversial issue that will be before Ohio voters this November. Besides legalizing the drug, Issue 3 would give 10 facilities the exclusive right to grow marijuana. In response to concerns over the creation of a m

One-in-four Ohio teens admit to binge drinking; health leaders say SBIRT can help. Credit: incase/Flickr<br /><br />

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One-in-four Ohio high school students admit to binge drinking, according to the Office of Adolescent Health, and a new strategy debuting in some Ohio schools is opening the door to conversations about drugs and alcohol with students. The SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Re

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