Your Voice Ohio

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Starting a dialogue on Ohio's opioid crisis
Ohio has been one of the hardest hit states in the country when it comes to opioid abuse and fatalities.  The Ohio Media Project is spearheading a new collaboration among newspapers, television stations and radio stations, including WKSU, to change the way the epidemic is reported, combining resources to better serve our audiences.  We're beginning this new effort with an area that numbers clearly show is struggling the most:  the Mahoning Valley. The goal is to not just cover the problem but present potential solutions to be considered and encourage conversation in the communities we serve.

 

Ways to Connect

Local Community Meeting Allows For Open Discussion on Opioids

Oct 30, 2017

About 50 people gathered last week in a cozy community hall in Struthers, a once thriving steel town along the Mahoning River outside of Youngstown.

A simulated fire in the electric fireplace gave off a warm glow on one of the first chilly nights of the season. Sandwiches were on a long table and soft drinks in tubs on the floor.

Community and News Media Join in Search for Solutions to Drug Crisis

Oct 24, 2017
photo of Doug Oplinger
ANDREW MEYER / WKSU

The community has been dealing with the effects of the opioid crisis for years, and people want answers and solutions that materialize into change.

Reaching decision-makers
People in recovery and their family members, those interested in seeing a change in their neighborhoods and schools, and treatment staff spoke up Monday as journalists from four of the major news providers in the region sat down with them and started taking notes.

Warren Police Are Strained, but Empathetic During OD Crisis

Oct 23, 2017
police officer
RENEE FOX / WARREN TRIBUNE CHRONICLE

Hundreds, if not thousands, of people in the Mahoning Valley have been revived from  accidental drug overdoses in the last few years by a dose of Narcan from a police officer. And those officers are spending much more time administering the life-saving drug while on the job, local officers say.

needle and syringe
Psychonaught / commons.wikimedia.org

The Mahoning Valley has been one of the hardest hit areas in the state by the ongoing opioid crisis. As local officials continue to struggle to find ways to reduce the number of fatal overdoses, one program being tried in other parts of Northeast Ohio may provide some relief. As part of the media collaboration, Your Voice Mahoning Valley, we look at whether needle exchanges could provide a solution to the problem of opioid addiction.

 

 

DOUG OPLINGER / TWITTER

Your Voice Mahoning Valley grows from a belief that the people are not being heard and that solutions to problems they face are not receiving adequate attention. The project is part of a statewide effort begun in late 2015 as Ohio news organizations worked together, experimenting with new ways to represent the people of Ohio in the 2016 election.

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