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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2018 


While school shooting survivors demand stricter gun control measures some teachers are talking about their own walkout; Republicans vow to keep fighting the new district map in Pennsylvania; and from the West Coast - a health care group slams Trump's "Skinny" insurance plans.

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Public News Service - OH: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

Ohioans who are more educated about syringe exchanges show more support for the programs, compared with those who are less familiar. (Todd Huffman/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With Ohio still in the grip of the opioid crisis, new data suggests better education is needed about the benefits of one harm reduction tool. Needle exchange programs allow injection drug users to exchange used syringes for new, sterile syringes. In a recent poll, 6-in-10

The Public Children Services Association of Ohio expects that, by next Christmas, it could be 2,000 more children entering state custody because of the opioid epidemic if the current trajectory continues. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – One thousand more Ohio children will be spending their holidays in foster care this year compared with 2016 as the opioid crisis continues to take an unprecedented toll in breaking families apart. Ohio's foster-care system is bursting at the seams with an alarming trend, showi

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

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

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