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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Poll Shows Most Ohioans Believe Addiction is a Disease

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 12:22 PM

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Solving a problem takes understanding, and a new poll reveals insight on public opinion that could be beneficial in combating Ohio's opioid epidemic.

Addiction is described by the National Institute on Drug Abuse as a chronic disease, and 6-in-10 adults in the latest Ohio Health Issues Poll said they believe that description.

Hailey Akah, a health policy analyst with the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, said that's an encouraging finding that will help to reduce the stigma of addiction often preventing folks from getting help.

"It's also an important step for embracing some of the evidence-based strategies that we know work to treat and recover from addiction," Akah said. "So, these could be things like medication-assisted treatment. Another example might be longer-term programs like recovery housing."

The poll found that 74 percent of Democrats believe addiction is a disease, compared to 53 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of Independents. And of all respondents who believe addiction is a disease, a majority said they think it is both physical and psychological.

Akah works on the Health Policy Institute of Ohio's Addiction Evidence Project, which is studying addiction policies, and identifying areas where the state can better align with evidence-based standards and practices. She said over the past five years, they've seen patterns of addiction evolve.

"First it was addiction to prescription pain medication, then to heroin," she said. "Now we've seen a great increase in fentanyl and carfentanyl surges, and methamphetamine and other substances as well. So this is a problem that touches a variety of substances."

An addiction policy scorecard released by the project this year found that in 2016, more than 4,000 Ohioans died due to unintentional drug overdoses, and it expects to see the number to rise.

More data is available at InteractForHealth.org.

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Serial Hosts Sarah Koenig and Emmanuel Dzotsi to Appear Live in Cleveland

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 10:54 AM

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Sarah Koenig and Emmanuel Dzotsi, hosts of Serial's explosive Cleveland-based third season, will appear in Cleveland on Dec. 15 for a live discussion about the podcast, Playhouse Square announced Monday.

The discussion will be moderated by none other than Dan Moulthrop, CEO of the City Club of Cleveland, and will include an audience Q&A.

The Saturday event will be held at the State Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets ($25 - $65) will go on sale at 11 a.m. this Friday. Head to playhousesquare.org or the Playhouse Square Ticket Office to get yours.

We've been following the third season's first six episodes, and have reported on issues and characters featured on the podcast, like Judge Daniel Gaul. The season is set in and around the Cuyahoga County Justice Center and has focused on the mechanisms of power therein. Beginning last week, with a searing expose of East Cleveland and police misconduct there, the season began to look at victims of the system.

New episodes are released each Thursday and are available wherever you stream your podcasts and at serialpodcast.org

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The Flying Luttenbachers to Headline WCSB's Annual Masquerade Ball

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 9:41 AM

A noise rock band that originally formed in the early '90s in Chicago, the Flying Luttenbachers reunited last year for a tour of France, and the band just played its first U.S. shows since 2006. It has also just announced that it'll headline WCSB’s annual Halloween Masquerade Ball. The event takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Mahall’s.

Other acts on the bill include Fuck You Pay Me, Glass Traps and Buni Muni. Dr. Sinister will serve as the MC, and Evening Son will provide the visuals. WCSB DJs will spin in the Locker Room downstairs all night.

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The Struggling Buckeyes and the Inevitable Coaching Move — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 9:22 AM


Andre and Zac talk Buckeyes, Browns and their usual nonsense.

Subscribe to A to Z on iTunes here or stream below.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Ohio Now Has the Seventh Largest Beer Market Economy in the U.S.

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 4:30 PM

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Americans may have purchased one percent less beer by volume in 2017 than they did in the year prior, but don't think our country's obsession with craft beer has waned in the least.

According to a new report released by the Craft Brewers Association, craft beer sales rose by 5 percent last year, taking over about 12.7 percent of the U.S. beer market by volume.

Ohio specifically has the seventh largest beer market economy in the country, which means, as anyone who has ever been to a Browns tailgate can attest, that we're really good at buying beer and drinking it too. About 1.3 million gallons of beer are produced in the Buckeye state, which is the fifth most of any.

Taking a look at the Northeast Ohio beer market, with its loads of beer festivals and a new brewery seemingly opening every few weeks, it makes sense we have 225 breweries in total, 11th highest.

As good as this news is for the craft breweries, we can't help but wonder when or if a craft beer bubble may burst in the region. In the meantime, keep drinkin' local.

Find out how other states ranked right here.

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Euclid to Rehire Officer Michael Amiott, Infamous (Twice Over) For Violently Beating Black Men

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 4:27 PM

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After an arbitrator's ruling Monday, the city of Euclid will rehire police officer Michael Amiott, who was fired last year after a video of him violently beating a black man during a traffic stop went viral.

Amiott was also featured on the Serial podcast this year. The episode recounted what Scene and others had reported on in 2017: another violent beating of a black man. Serial reported how Amiott and another officer waylaid Emirius Spencer in his own apartment building with no provocation, and went on to lie about details of the incident under oath, in coordination with the prosecutor and the judge, to insulate themselves from punishment.

As Amiott's re-hiring shows, any punishment for police officers is temporary. There's virtually nothing an officer can do that will result in any meaningful consequences. Even Timothy Loehmann, who shot and killed Tamir Rice, lied on his application, and was so emotionally unstable that he wept on the firing range, was recently re-hired by a small police department in Ohio. 

The story of Amiott's rehiring was earlier reported by Cleveland.com and by Samah Assad and Sarah Budson of WEWS Channel 5. Amiott will rejoin the force, per Euclid Law Director Kelley Sweeney, with the following conditions: 
  • 80 hours in-class training
  • 60 to 90 days of additional field training
  • No side jobs during probation
  • Removal from the police department's SWAT team
That'll teach him!

The Euclid NAACP, for its part, has issued a "travel advisory" for the city of Euclid. "If you are stopped and approached by police officers, do not make sudden moves," it advises, "keep your hands visible, and your insurance and license within arm's reach. "

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The Music of Cream, a Tribute to the British Power Trio, Comes to the State Theatre Next Week

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 4:14 PM

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Singer-guitarist Will Johns originally began playing drums. But his uncle, who is none other than Yardbirds/Cream guitarist Eric Clapton, encouraged him to pick up the guitar instead.

Johns went on to have a promising career as a musician, but “a great big shower of cocaine and bullshit” derailed it, and he took a “proper job” on a charter fishing boat to make ends meet.

Then, he had an epiphany.

“I can remember a point when I was out there in the middle of the English Channel,” he says via phone. “I just thought, ‘How the fuck did I end up here? What am I doing here for 60 pounds a day?’ I was getting up at 6 in the morning, working hard every day and getting fish hooks in my fingers. I was doing that when I got a phone call from Blues Matters Magazine. Somehow, they tracked me down, and I did an interview with them at my local blues joint in Brighton and from there, I got sucked back into the music industry, and I started to play out more and get more attention. Things just picked up from there. It’s been a long, topsy turvy road.”

About five years ago, Johns would team up with drummer Kofi Baker and bassist Malcolm Bruce to form the Music of Cream, a tribute to the great British power trio. Baker is the son of Cream drummer Ginger Baker and Malcolm is the son of Cream bassist Jack Bruce, so the guys have the musical pedigrees to pull it off.

The group performs at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the State Theatre.

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