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NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES

Some 250 city officials from around the country are gathered in Cleveland this week for a meeting of the National League of Cities. They are concerned about President Trump's proposed budget cuts.

Canada-United States Collaboration for Great Lakes Water Quality

A new report on the health of the Great Lakes shows a grim outlook for Lake Erie.

The Canada-United States Collaboration for Great Lakes Water Quality says Lake Erie’s general health is in poor and deteriorating -- due to problems like harmful algae blooms.

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COVER2RESOURCES

A Summit County man is working with local officials to bring fentanyl testing strips to Northeast Ohio.

Greg McNeil, whose son was died of an overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl, say the strips will be able to detect the synthetic opioid when it is combined with other drugs. 

“Right now in our area, somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 percentof the heroin is laced with fentanyl and fentanyl poses a real threat. It’s 50 to 100 times the potency than heroin.”

SUMMIT COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

An increase in beds at Summit County detox facilities is dramatically reducing wait times for people seeking addiction help.

The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board invested more than $3 million in residential and detox programming, leading to the increase in the number of people they can treat.

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A new analysis from the Associated Press shows Medicaid expansion accounted for 43 percent of total Ohio Medicaid spending on substance abuse and mental health treatment. Advocates for the poor worry a proposed amendment in the state Senate budget that would end Medicaid expansion enrollment would be a disaster for Ohio’s opioid crisis. 

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