- Associated Press - Monday, April 7, 2014

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:

The (Youngstown) Vindicator, April 6

Welcome developments on state and national fronts recently will fortify the arsenal of weaponry to successfully fight the war on heroin in the United States and in the Mahoning Valley.

In Columbus last month, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill into law that will allow friends and family members of addicts permission to administer the drug naloxone, a life-saving antidote to the chilling and too often deadly effects of heroin and other opiates.

In Washington last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved a convenient tool to administer naloxone. The device called Evzio rapidly delivers a single dose of naloxone via a hand-held auto-injector that can be carried in a pocket or stored in a nearby medicine cabinet.

Naloxone has rightly earned the “wonder drug” label because it rapidly reverses the effects of opioid abuse and has become the standard treatment for overdose. However, existing naloxone drugs and policies require administration via syringe and only by trained medical personnel….

To be effective, however, friends and family members of known opiate abusers must be proactive. That means they must arm themselves with the easily injectable Evzio, carefully read the instructions for its proper administration and realize that it must be followed up with a prompt call to emergency medical authorities. Responsibly doing so will go far toward lessening the escalating and anguishing death toll from the national scourge of opiate abuse.

Online: http://bit.ly/1lKU0b6

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The Lima News, March 31

Military police at Joint System Manufacturing Center said all they were trying to do was protect the facility from terrorism when they confiscated a camera belonging to a Toledo Blade photographer and deleted some of its images.

Their actions leave us wondering who is going to protect U.S. citizens from the military police….

Blade reporter Tyrel Linkhorn and photographer Jetta Fraser said they were outside the facility near the driveway entrance when they were stopped and detained by military police. They were released more than an hour later, but the camera wasn’t returned for another seven hours, and that only happened after U.S. Sen. Rob Portman intervened. All the photographs that Fraser had taken of the facility were deleted when the camera was returned.

We don’t know if the MPs were simply following procedure when they detained the journalists and pilfered their camera. What we can tell you, however, is their actions defied common sense and were something one might expect to happen in places such as Russia or China, but not the United States.

Linkhorn and Fraser were wearing Blade and news media credentials at the time. The MPs went as far as placing Fraser in handcuffs when she initially refused to provide her driver’s license, noting she was not the person driving the vehicle. Shortly after questioning the two journalists, the military police confirmed their employment with the Blade….

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