PNS Weekend Newscast - July 22nd, 2017 

Here's a look at what we're covering: The new White House communications director is expressing his love and loyalty to Donald Trump, more meetings between then Senator Jeff Sessions and the Russians being disclosed, and environmental groups say drilling in New York has contaminated wells.

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Public News Service - OH: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

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

Medicaid marks its 50th year of providing health coverage to low-income children. Credit: Hubert Hackett/Flickr

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Over one million Ohio children – about 46 percent – receive visits to the doctor, prescriptions and other medical care through Medicaid, and a new report underscores the lifelong value of the program as it turns 50 this week. Report co-author Joan Alker, executive

PHOTO: Anti-tobacco groups and activists say increasing the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1 would go a long way toward reducing the number of Ohio smokers, and save tens of thousands of lives per year. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Anti-tobacco groups say time is running out to address Ohio's smoking epidemic. At more than 23 percent, Ohio's smoking rate is the eighth highest in the nation, according to the American Lung Association. Each year more than 20,000 people die because of their own smoking. It's a

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