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Katie Wedell

Katie Wedell is an investigative journalist on the Dayton Daily News’ Investigations and Community Impact Team.  She's won several awards for investigative reporting from the Associated Press Media Editors of Ohio and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.  Katie has worked for Cox Media Group since 2007, writing for the Dayton Daily News and Springfield News-Sun, as well as working on the cross-platform breaking news team and digital team.  She's a graduate of Miami University and grew up in the Chicago area.

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Opioid crisis: $71.5M in federal funds coming to Ohio
 Ohio will receive $71.5 million over the next two years to combat the opioid epidemic as part of an ongoing federal grant program designed to increase drug treatment access and reduce opioid-related deaths. Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has committed another $1 billion in grants to helping states carryout their...

Posted: 2 hours ago

Ohio will receive $71.5 million over the next two years to combat the opioid epidemic as part of an ongoing federal grant program designed to increase drug treatment access and reduce opioid-related deaths. Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has committed another $1 billion in grants to helping states carryout their...
Senate to vote on opioid crisis package this week
 In an effort to fight the ongoing opioid epidemic, lawmakers in both Columbus and Washington, D.C., have been pushing dozens of bills that could impact prevention and treatment efforts in the Dayton region. Both houses of Congress have worked in recent months to combine bills into bipartisan packages of legislation that include everything...

Posted: 10 days ago

In an effort to fight the ongoing opioid epidemic, lawmakers in both Columbus and Washington, D.C., have been pushing dozens of bills that could impact prevention and treatment efforts in the Dayton region. Both houses of Congress have worked in recent months to combine bills into bipartisan packages of legislation that include everything...
$5M pilot program to encourage employers to hire recovering addicts
 The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will launch a pilot program in Montgomery County to support employers willing to hire workers overcoming a drug addiction. The Opioid Workplace Safety Program will provide up to $5 million over two years to help employers in Montgomery, Ross and Scioto counties hire, manage and retain workers...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will launch a pilot program in Montgomery County to support employers willing to hire workers overcoming a drug addiction. The Opioid Workplace Safety Program will provide up to $5 million over two years to help employers in Montgomery, Ross and Scioto counties hire, manage and retain workers...
Agency defends hiring of employee tied to ‘Joe the Plumber’ scandal
 A former state employee who was fired a decade ago amid the “Joe the Plumber” scandal is now working for his old boss as the chief financial officer for the Montgomery County Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board. ADAMHS Executive Director Helen Jones-Kelley this month hired Doug Thompson to fill the vacant CFO...

Posted: 15 days ago

A former state employee who was fired a decade ago amid the “Joe the Plumber” scandal is now working for his old boss as the chief financial officer for the Montgomery County Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board. ADAMHS Executive Director Helen Jones-Kelley this month hired Doug Thompson to fill the vacant CFO...
Dayton Mayor Whaley behind plan for cabinet-level office to address opioid epidemic
 Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley joined mayors from several other Ohio cities Thursday in Columbus to support a bill that would create a cabinet-level Office of Drug Policy. The legislation, being introduced in the lame-duck session by state Rep. Richard Brown, D-Canal Winchester, is modeled after suggestions from the bipartisan Ohio Mayor’s...

Posted: 20 days ago

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley joined mayors from several other Ohio cities Thursday in Columbus to support a bill that would create a cabinet-level Office of Drug Policy. The legislation, being introduced in the lame-duck session by state Rep. Richard Brown, D-Canal Winchester, is modeled after suggestions from the bipartisan Ohio Mayor’s...
National Overdose Awareness Day observance Friday in Dayton
 Dayton Recovers is hosting a National Overdose Awareness Day observance on Friday at Bomberger Park. Anyone who has lost a loved one to a drug overdose is invited to pay homage to them at the park in St. Anne’s Hill starting at 7 p.m. The event will include a moment of silence that will last 197 seconds — representing the average...

Posted: 21 days ago

Dayton Recovers is hosting a National Overdose Awareness Day observance on Friday at Bomberger Park. Anyone who has lost a loved one to a drug overdose is invited to pay homage to them at the park in St. Anne’s Hill starting at 7 p.m. The event will include a moment of silence that will last 197 seconds — representing the average...
Group rallies to combat addiction in Dayton area
 Thousands braved a heat index in the 90s Sunday afternoon to celebrate recovery from addiction in the Miami Valley. The fifth annual Families of Addicts’ Rally 4 Recovery rally held in downtown Dayton was aimed to destigmatize addiction, celebrate recovery, demonstrate how many local families are impacted, and mobilize the community...

Posted: 23 days ago

Thousands braved a heat index in the 90s Sunday afternoon to celebrate recovery from addiction in the Miami Valley. The fifth annual Families of Addicts’ Rally 4 Recovery rally held in downtown Dayton was aimed to destigmatize addiction, celebrate recovery, demonstrate how many local families are impacted, and mobilize the community...
Big crowd expected at rally to combat addiction
 Upwards of 3,000 people are expected on Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton Sunday for the Families of Addicts’ fifth annual Rally 4 Recovery. The free event is intended to destigmatize addiction, celebrate recovery, demonstrate how many local families are impacted, and mobilize the community to pursue solutions, organizers said. Last...

Posted: 28 days ago

Upwards of 3,000 people are expected on Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton Sunday for the Families of Addicts’ fifth annual Rally 4 Recovery. The free event is intended to destigmatize addiction, celebrate recovery, demonstrate how many local families are impacted, and mobilize the community to pursue solutions, organizers said. Last...
3 things you need to know about drug pricing to understand this week’s Medicaid changes
 This week, Ohio Medicaid announced it will be changing the way its managed care plans contract with pharmacy benefit managers to administer prescription benefits.  >> READ THE STORY HERE: Ohio Medicaid to cancel pharmacy middlemen contracts The change was announced as Auditor of State Dave Yost prepared to release a report...

7:11 PM Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

This week, Ohio Medicaid announced it will be changing the way its managed care plans contract with pharmacy benefit managers to administer prescription benefits.  >> READ THE STORY HERE: Ohio Medicaid to cancel pharmacy middlemen contracts The change was announced as Auditor of State Dave Yost prepared to release a report...
Pharmacist Bob Curlis
Pharmacist Bob Curlis works at Sidney Hometown Pharmacy in Sidney, Aug. 29, 2017.

6:27 PM Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

Pharmacist Bob Curlis works at Sidney Hometown Pharmacy in Sidney, Aug. 29, 2017.
Sidney Hometown Pharmacy
An employee helps a drive-thru customer at Sidney Hometown Pharmacy.

6:18 PM Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

An employee helps a drive-thru customer at Sidney Hometown Pharmacy.