Mahoning Valley

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    The Vindicator (Youngstown) | published: October 22, 2017
In order to have communities guide our coverage on the opioid epidemic, we need to hear your stories, perspectives, and ideas. In October 2017, we hosted three public conversations across the Mahoning Valley. Journalists from the Youngstown Vindicator, the Warren Tribune Chronicle, WFMJ-TV, and WKSU met to gather questions, understand how community members are thinking about the epidemic, and begin to identify potential community-based solutions.

Event Summary

Over three nights, at events in Youngstown, Warren, and Struthers Ohio, journalists sat down with dozens of community members  — folks in recovery, families who have lost a child or sibling to overdose, public health officials, elected officials, and others — to ask three key questions. Here’s what we heard from participants:

What does the opioid epidemic look like in your community?



Steps to combat the opioid epidemic

To see the complete list of participant experiences, ideas, and solutions, download the full report.

We’ll follow up on these topics along with our media partners. Here are the initial questions we’re setting out to answer:

  1. How can the medical community become more involved?
  2. What are new and improved practices for pain management?
  3. What are lawmakers currently doing?
  4. Why is it so expensive to prosecute a deal for homicide when a someone overdoses?
  5. What is marijuana’s role in addiction and the opioid epidemic?
  6. Who is providing long-term recovery in the area?
  7. Is suboxone an effective drug to treat addiction?
  8. How are communities offering 24/7 assistance to people struggling with addiction?

Research will be documented on our solutions page and covered by our weekly blog. You can also sign up for our weekly news roundup of stories around Ohio and the nation covering solutions to the opioid epidemic.


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