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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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Ohio voters overwhelmingly reject Issue 1, which would decriminalize low-level drug offenders
 Ohio voters defeated State Issue 1 Tuesday 63 percent to 37 percent, according to final, unofficial results.  The proposed constitutional amendment would have changed Ohio law to keep low-level drug offenders out of prison with the goal of promoting treatment of drug addiction instead of incarceration. But opponents raised concerns about...

Posted: 14 days ago

Ohio voters defeated State Issue 1 Tuesday 63 percent to 37 percent, according to final, unofficial results.  The proposed constitutional amendment would have changed Ohio law to keep low-level drug offenders out of prison with the goal of promoting treatment of drug addiction instead of incarceration. But opponents raised concerns about...
Recovering addicts take their fight to the boxing ring
 The latest incarnation of Drake’s Downtown Gym’s popular knockout boxing events will feature local people overcoming addiction. The Fighting Chance Boxing event will be held Nov. 10 and benefit Joshua Recovery Ministries, a faith-based group that sponsors sober living homes. Not all the fighters have had problems with addiction...

Posted: 15 days ago

The latest incarnation of Drake’s Downtown Gym’s popular knockout boxing events will feature local people overcoming addiction. The Fighting Chance Boxing event will be held Nov. 10 and benefit Joshua Recovery Ministries, a faith-based group that sponsors sober living homes. Not all the fighters have had problems with addiction...
‘Orange is the New Black’ author urges yes vote on Issue 1
 Two well-known authors are speaking out in favor of State Issue 1, the proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot that would reduce some drug possession crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. “Prisons and also jails are really ill-equipped to solve in any substantive way, problems of drug addiction,” said Piper Kerman...

Posted: 18 days ago

Two well-known authors are speaking out in favor of State Issue 1, the proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot that would reduce some drug possession crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. “Prisons and also jails are really ill-equipped to solve in any substantive way, problems of drug addiction,” said Piper Kerman...
$8M grant to connect employers with workers in recovery
 Ohio will invest $8 million over the next two years to help employers and unemployed workers in 16 counties overcome issues related to the opioid epidemic and to help build the workforce to address the crisis, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced Thursday. Montgomery, Clark, Butler and Preble counties are among those that...

Posted: 18 days ago

Ohio will invest $8 million over the next two years to help employers and unemployed workers in 16 counties overcome issues related to the opioid epidemic and to help build the workforce to address the crisis, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced Thursday. Montgomery, Clark, Butler and Preble counties are among those that...
County’s opioid prevention efforts get $1.5M to combat overdoses
 The Montgomery County Community Overdose Action Team has secured $1.5 million in federal Department of Justice grants to continue the local fight against drug overdose deaths. One grant totalling $1 million over three years will fund the county’s 360 Addiction Database Project, which will use data to better target early interventions...

Posted: 19 days ago

The Montgomery County Community Overdose Action Team has secured $1.5 million in federal Department of Justice grants to continue the local fight against drug overdose deaths. One grant totalling $1 million over three years will fund the county’s 360 Addiction Database Project, which will use data to better target early interventions...
What happens to fentanyl cases key dispute in Issue 1 debate
 One of the most confusing aspects of State Issue 1 is how people caught with large amounts of fentanyl would be handled in the court system. Issue 1 is a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot that would convert some lower-level drug felonies — felony 4 and felony 5 charges —to misdemeanors. The issue also dictates that...

Posted: 24 days ago

One of the most confusing aspects of State Issue 1 is how people caught with large amounts of fentanyl would be handled in the court system. Issue 1 is a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot that would convert some lower-level drug felonies — felony 4 and felony 5 charges —to misdemeanors. The issue also dictates that...
Montgomery Co. Coroner says local overdose deaths are climbing again
 President Donald Trump signed bipartisan legislation Wednesday aimed at confronting the national addiction crisis that resulted in more than 70,000 deaths in 2017. The signing came a day after new data showed the number of U.S. drug overdose deaths has begun to level off after years of relentless increases driven by the opioid epidemic. In...

Posted: 26 days ago

President Donald Trump signed bipartisan legislation Wednesday aimed at confronting the national addiction crisis that resulted in more than 70,000 deaths in 2017. The signing came a day after new data showed the number of U.S. drug overdose deaths has begun to level off after years of relentless increases driven by the opioid epidemic. In...
What Ohio did with the feds’ $26M for addiction treatment
 A new study provides a window into how states like Ohio are spending the millions of dollars they received from Congress in 2017 to fight the opioid crisis. In the first year of the program, Ohio spent 72 percent of the $26 million in emergency money it received through the 21st Century Cures Act, which was distributed in grants to county...

Posted: 29 days ago

A new study provides a window into how states like Ohio are spending the millions of dollars they received from Congress in 2017 to fight the opioid crisis. In the first year of the program, Ohio spent 72 percent of the $26 million in emergency money it received through the 21st Century Cures Act, which was distributed in grants to county...
Cutting through the hype: What Issue 1 would mean in Ohio
 State Issue 1 has become so divisive it has split some otherwise like-minded groups. Recovering drug addicts are speaking out for both the Yes and No campaigns. Law enforcement groups like the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association have come out against it, while former narcotics officers are campaigning for a yes vote. Sitting judges, too, are...

Posted: 30 days ago

State Issue 1 has become so divisive it has split some otherwise like-minded groups. Recovering drug addicts are speaking out for both the Yes and No campaigns. Law enforcement groups like the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association have come out against it, while former narcotics officers are campaigning for a yes vote. Sitting judges, too, are...
What Ohio’s governor candidates plan to do about the opioid crisis
 As drug overdoses continue to kill thousands of people in Ohio — 4,854 last year — each of the candidates for governor has an action plan to address the addiction crisis. But those on the front lines in the Miami Valley say none of the plans directly address housing for those in recovery — including funding for sober living...

10:00 AM Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018

As drug overdoses continue to kill thousands of people in Ohio — 4,854 last year — each of the candidates for governor has an action plan to address the addiction crisis. But those on the front lines in the Miami Valley say none of the plans directly address housing for those in recovery — including funding for sober living...
Veteran on VA rehab: ‘I’m just so thankful that I found this place’
 Editor’s note: This is one of several stories of local veterans who have struggled with drug or alcohol addiction and gotten help through the Dayton VA. You can read more about all the ways the VA is working prevent and treat addiction in the Miami Valley here: What is the Dayton VA doing to combat the opioid crisis? DAYTON ...

10:00 AM Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

Editor’s note: This is one of several stories of local veterans who have struggled with drug or alcohol addiction and gotten help through the Dayton VA. You can read more about all the ways the VA is working prevent and treat addiction in the Miami Valley here: What is the Dayton VA doing to combat the opioid crisis? DAYTON ...