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Ohio’s head of corrections Gary Mohr made a passionate call for sentencing reforms during a speech Friday at the City Club of Cleveland

Mohr said he’ll be leaving his post soon with a heavy heart over one issue.

Who Do First Responders Call For Help?

Aug 16, 2018

Blood has a distinct, coppery scent. If that's what Brandon Dreiman smelled when he stepped off the fire truck, he knew his job wasn’t going to be easy.

State lawmakers are working on a bill to bring full-scale sports betting to Ohio. That's after the Supreme Court in May struck down a law that restricted sports betting everywhere except in Nevada. If it's legalized, there will be big money in it for casinos, tax collectors, and app developers.

But advocates for problem gamblers, and experts who study gambling disorders, warn that making sports betting legal will likely increase the number of people at risk for gambling addiction.

Opponents are fighting back against a statewide ballot measure that would reduce the penalties for drug offenders. Under Issue 1, minor drug-related offenses would not require prison time, prioritizing treatment instead. Critics say that sets a dangerous precedent.

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Cincinnati Council will vote Wednesday on an ordinance adding addiction prevention as a priority for the city's human services funding.

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As society loosens its restrictions on gender roles, it seems the stigma around women drinking alcohol has vanished. According to the National Institutes of Health, drinking habits among women and men are becoming more alike, which could be putting women at greater risk for a variety of alcohol-related dangers. One of the key risk factors is addiction, but another health concern is the link between drinking and the risk for breast cancer.

How To Get Your Teen To Put Down Their Smartphone

Jun 20, 2018
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Medical researchers, educators and tech professionals continue their warnings about children and teens spending too much time on their smartphones.   

Addiction: Shedding The Shame And Stigma

Mar 15, 2018
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While in college, Adi Jaffe began using and dealing drugs, which eventually resulted in his arrest and a year-long prison sentence. Then he began to rebuild his life. He went back to school, earning a Ph.D. from UCLA's doctoral program in psychology.

Dry January: What A Month Of Sobriety Can Reveal

Jan 30, 2018
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Dry January, a 31-day break from alcohol, began in Britain and started to gain popularity a few years ago. It is now a government-sponsored public health campaign there. And it has been a steadily growing movement in the United States, as more people here enter the new year with a commitment to swear-off alcohol for the month.

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Joseph House in Over-the-Rhine serves veterans suffering from addiction through treatment and recovery programs designed to promote healthy, sustainable lifestyles and reintegration into the community. Through a variety of programs such as chemical addiction treatment, transitional housing, sober living skills development, relationship counseling and employment assistance, Joseph House helps its clients develop and maintain independence and provides them with the tools to maximize their long-term success.

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Cincinnati has been hit hard by the heroin epidemic. At its worst last year, there were 174 overdoses over the course of six days. 

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Cincinnati Union Bethel's Off The Streets program has been helping women involved in prostitution and sex trafficking for a decade. 

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In just one week this summer, there were more than 175 heroin overdoses reported in the Cincinnati area. 

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Recovering addict Mark Hudson looks back on the day when alcohol controlled his life. "I was merely existing. For the previous four years I was just getting up everyday going to work, coming home, no routine. I wasn't giving back. I was just taking."

Discrimination and stigma can create barriers to recovery for people facing mental health issues. But changing perceptions about mental illness can help remove those barriers. Lindner Center of HOPE is holding an Education Day on Sunday, May 3, to enhance awareness of mental illness and addiction, and ultimately, help reduce stigma surrounding these conditions.

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