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Local Columns

Child safety with substance use problem

Where does one begin to talk about something so wrong? Go to https://newspunch.com and find the article with the headline, "Three Mothers Arrested in Ohio for Giving Their Kids to Pedophiles in Exchange for Drugs." The detailed article says, "Nine people have been indicted on an array of ...

Opiod overdosing affected by COVID

Where does addiction begin, and how are people coping during the pandemic? Opioid overdoses have been rising during our experience with COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Already at risk because of the isolation of addiction, the despair and economic ...

We all must keep working to fight addiction in America

For more than 25 years, I’ve worked to address the drug addiction epidemic that has affected so many lives across Ohio. Over the last several years, I have been encouraged by the progress we have made in fighting this disease, especially with regard to opioids like heroin and prescription ...

Quitting: Kicking a bad habit

"I had to do it for myself," A said. "Everyone kept telling me I needed to quit smoking. That just made me smoke more." She was smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, even working at a no-smoking workplace. "I was a chain smoker." Smoking helped her to deal with the stress in her life. But she ...

Malnutrition not uncommon in aging

Editor's Note Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the local ...

FA meetings beginning at Oxford House

Do you struggle because someone you love or care about is addicted to drugs? Do you feel alone in your daily mix of anger, anxiety, pain, shame, self-pity and/or fear because that person is caught in the clutches of substance abuse, those disruptive, destructive episodes that affects everyone ...

What you should know about online learning

As COVID-19 moves America’s students out of the classroom and into studying at home, a school with 20 years’ experience in online learning can offer some advice. In the flash of an eye, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of American life. Among the most dramatic ...

Mental health care crisis ongoing

When Covid-19 arrived on the scene, the United States was already facing an epidemic. Suicide and opioid overdose was its name. Psychcongress.com advises that in 2018, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in this country. In that year, drug overdose deaths more than tripled. Emergency ...

Bring American industry back from China now

There is growing congressional interest in finally confronting China over its predatory trade practices. But while talk continues in Washington over the right policy response, China keeps picking off key parts of U.S. manufacturing, including the automotive industry. A recent Senate hearing ...

Adventures on the press trail with VP Mike Pence

It’s always exciting covering presidential or vice presidential visits, and my time as pool reporter for Mike Pence’s recent stop in the Mahoning Valley fit the bill. I’ve been selected as “pool reporter” about a dozen times and have never been a fan of it. The pool reporter’s ...

Getting a grip on your anger

Anger can be a good thing or a bad thing, say the experts. It all depends on how you look at it. If you use your anger to shut down another person, to embarrass or humiliate them, make them feel ashamed, that is flat out abuse. It’s your attempt to control that person and the situation, ...

Reflecting on our nation this Fourth

Have you ever really taken the time to think about the Fourth of July?  It is the day we celebrate the birth of the greatest nation on earth, and not just a number.  Of course we are not perfect, but we constantly strive to become an even better nation.  It is not, nor should it be, easy and ...

Many seniors prone to food poisoning

Editor’s Note Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the ...

Independence Day: Freedom is never free

While Antifa and other dissenting groups get all the headlines, let us not forget the individuals that made it possible for these thugs, criminals to riot, destroy property, and ruin lives all in the name of the First Amendment. Do you think any of these miscreants give a moment’s thought ...

Pregnancy and pot do not mix

There are a lot of concerns during pregnancy. Parents usually want to do everything right to give their new baby every possible advantage for good health and well being, to grow and develop on time and do well in life. Concerns are raised at this time regarding marijuana use during ...

Safety: Taking care of self

Safety is a watchword these days, isn’t it? In times such as these, we may feel like the world is out of control and there is nothing that anyone, even you, can do about it. But you do have the power in your very hands to do something about the way youfeel and the way youhandle things. The ...

Staying safe and healthy in the summertime

Editor’s Note Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the ...

‘Grow up’ refrain can cause confusion

“Grow up!” he roared before he let out a string of expletives. And she wondered how much more growing up she had to do. She had thought herself mature long ago, but sometimes she thought that he could stand a little modification. She couldn’t fix him, though. She could fix only herself. ...

Taking care of elders during the pandemic

When the order came to “stay-at-home” many of the parents of adult children were instructed to shelter in place, make their shopping lists, and the kids would go to make the purchases. And so, like all the other older parents, she and her husband did as their children asked. But the ...

Drink (water), it’s really good for you

Editor’s Note Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the ...