President Trump said Thursday that he will declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. That designation could potentially open a new wave of federal funding to Ohio’s public health agencies to combat the crisis.

In 2012, when LightBox spoke to Philadelphia-based photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge about his work documenting people in the city’s Kensington neighborhood, many of whose lives, he says, revolved around heroin, he had hoped to conclude his work there in the space of a few months.

"At that point in my life, I was doing coke every day. Pretty much every second of free time that I had, I was doing coke. I couldn't control it." - Lamar Odom

CLEVELAND - Fake OxyContin, disguised as the potent animal sedative Carfentanil, has been found in Northeast Ohio.

The morphine-like pain killer Oxycontin is just one of a number of opioids fueling a substance use crisis in the U.S. federal health officials say. And successful treatment for the substance use disorder can be costly.

The opioid epidemic has crippled communities across the United States, spurred a public health crisis, and is responsible for nearly 100 overdose deaths each day.

Opioid abuse is also hurting America’s job market.

When does toll of opioid crisis fuel change?

We know numbers can be numbing. Take the number 4,000. That is roughly how many are estimated to have died last year from drug overdoses in my home state of Ohio.

Berea police patrolman Dave Kammerman is part of the "Safe Passages" program that has police officers helping people addicted to drugs get treatment rather than arresting them. Kammerman says it has changed his outlook on life and is the best thing he has ever done as a police officer.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Overdoses are now the leading cause of death of Americans under the age of 50.

For the last several weeks, media outlets have reported that 13 Senate Republicans have been meeting behind closed doors to discuss legislation that could lead to millions fewer Americans having health coverage—and make it hard for many people with pre-existing conditions to buy an affordable plan.

Fentanyl, a drug 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, has been linked to a surge of fatal overdoses across the county. It has been showing up in other drugs across the area.

As the country grapples with the sweeping opioid epidemic, one study offers a different lens through which to view the crisis: private insurance claims.

Police are warning about a dangerous fentanyl-laced marijuana that has been emerging in Ohio, reports say

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Drug overdoses killed at least 43 people in Cuyahoga County since Memorial Day Weekend, the county medical examiner's office said.

WASHINGTON - Declining economic opportunities and increased access to addictive painkillers have combined to ignite an opioid crisis that kills more than eight Ohioans every day, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told a congressional committee Thursday

New data compiled from hundreds of health agencies reveals the extent of the drug overdose epidemic last year.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office announced that 14 people died of suspected heroin or fentanyl overdoses over the Memorial Day weekend.

At least 4,149 Ohioans died from unintentional drug overdoses in 2016, a 36 percent leap from just the previous year, when Ohio had by far the most overdose deaths in the nation, according to county coroners' figures compiled by The Columbus Dispatch.

Treatment and prevention programs are an important part of the effort against opioid addiction, the former U.S. surgeon general said in Cleveland yesterday.

Inmates at Grafton Correctional Institute’s Reintegration Center are performing “Macbeth” as a way to face their own emotions and criminal pasts.

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson is scheduled to speak in front of a U.S. Senate committee Thursday to talk about the country's growing issue with synthetic opiates.

As Ohio lawmakers decide how much to spend targeting the state's opioid crisis and balance a shrinking budget, two Democrats in the Senate want to tap the state's rainy day fund to tackle the problem.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge David Matia will address members of U.S. Congress Wednesday about the nation's heroin crisis at a luncheon at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington D.C

The struggling heroin addicts whose tragic stories drive a harrowing new documentary about America's opioid crisis turned to the needle after the damage was done by prescription painkillers. "Warning: This Drug May Kill You" debuts on HBO on May 1st at 10 p.m.

What if family members treated cancer patients the same way they view people struggling with drug or alcohol addiction?

Cuyahoga County officials have labeled the epidemic a "public health crisis" with 2017 on track to claim some 850 lives in this county alone.

As with much of the United States, Ohio is in the throes of a heroin and opioid epidemic that shows no signs of abating.

How racial bias and segregation molded a kinder response to the opioid epidemic than past drug crises.

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