NEO opioid crisis

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Summit County officials are saying that a new opioid cocktail appearing in Southern Ohio is not yet a problem in Northeast Ohio.

“Gray Death” is a combination of several opiates, including heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and a synthetic opioid called U-47700.

Cincinnati police first warned about the new drug combination in a public statement earlier this week.

Doug Smith is the medical director at the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Services Board.

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There’s a new drug on the streets in three states, including Ohio. And the state’s top law enforcement official says it is already causing overdoses. 

Attorney General Mike DeWine says the drug is called “gray death.”

“It’s really a combination of fentanyl, heroin and what is called U47700, which is a synthetic drug,” DeWine says.

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Ohio Sen. Rob Portman acknowledges he was unsettled by President Donald Trump’s Tweet today calling for a “good” government shutdown. But, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, Portman says he’s trying to focus on the policies, not what he calls “the noise.”

Portman says he generally agrees with Arizona Sen. John McCain, who suggested people should be watching what the Trump administration does rather than what it says – or what President Trump tweets.

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For some, the fight against the opioid epidemic is a national priority. For others, it’s a personal struggle.  WKSU’s M.L. Schultze takes us to a basement room in Massillon, where, for about an hour last week, the story of broad policy and personal battles intertwined.

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Cuyahoga County Council has approved an additional $200,000 for this year’s medical examiners budget to deal with the rising number of fatal opioid overdoses.

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