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A very small pilot program at the Hamilton County Justice Center, designed to help heroin convicts stay clean, is showing promise.

Sixteen female inmates who volunteered to be part of "The Heroin Recovery Pod Pilot Program" receive regular counseling, educational help,  assistance writing a resume and learn how to find  a job when they get out.

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Two people have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Cincinnati on charges to distribute heroin laced with a drug used as an animal tranquilizer. Acting U-S Attorney Benjamin Glassman announced the charges Wednesday afternoon against 31 year old Phillip Watkins and 28 year old Jeanetta Crawford.

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A Cincinnati City Council motion to create a heroin "quick response" team is likely to be passed at Wednesday's council meeting.

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In the past three weeks, there have been nearly 300 overdoses and three deaths from heroin in the Cincinnati area. These are unprecedented numbers and the situation is nothing short of a public health emergency. 

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Hamilton County law enforcement officials are trying something new to curb the recent spike in heroin overdoses. 

Prosecutor Joe Deters and other county officials Wednesday asked a judge to grant immunity for people who turn the drug in to police.

Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan of the Hamilton County Drug Coalition task force is asking for you to get involved in fighting the heroin epidemic. He's calling it a public health crises.   

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Cincinnati's mayor and several council members are proposing a plan to create a heroin quick response team, much like those already in Colerain and Norwood.

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Despite a spike in heroin overdoses in Hamilton County this week, local supply of an antidote is not in jeopardy. First responders still have access to naloxone, according to Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black. The Cincinnati Fire Department indicated it may need an additional $100,000 to purchase more naloxone. Black says that's not a problem for the budget.

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Ohio is trying to get a handle on opioid abuse. New numbers show overdose deaths are rising.
 

Cincinnati area police are on the hunt for the source of a tainted heroin batch that caused 21 people to overdose in 24 hours Tuesday in the areas of Price Hill, Camp Washington and the Beekman Street Corridor. All have recovered after emergency personnel administered Narcan.

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AAA will attempt to tackle what it calls one of the biggest threats to safety on the roadways Tuesday by holding a "Regional Drugged Driving Summit."

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The heroin epidemic is taking a terrible toll on families and straining health providers, social service agencies and the legal system, nationally and here in Greater Cincinnati. People and organizations on both sides of the Ohio river have been working together to combat the dramatic rise in drug abuse and provide addicts and their families with the care and help they need.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich took time away from the presidential campaign trail Wednesday night to deliver his State of the State address. Cincinnati leaders are developing rules covering public access to police body cam footage. Kentucky legislators are looking for a way to resolve the commonwealth's pension problems, and the battle against the heroin epidemic continues on both sides of the river.

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Hamilton County police and prosecutors are starting to make progress in identifying heroin dealers and charging them with the overdose deaths or near deaths of their users.

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As opioid abuse skyrockets out of control, University of Cincinnati Health researchers are trying to zero in on fresh alternatives for the estimated 100 million people who suffer from chronic pain.

Principal investigator of a $1.95 million federal grant, Jun-Ming Zhang, MD, is studying the roles of the  nervous system and immune system in preclinical models of back and neuropathic pain.

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