(Hamilton)--Drug overdose deaths took a turn for the worse in Butler County as the pandemic raged during 2020. County Coroner Lisa Mannix says they investigated 177 drug overdose deaths out of a total of 406 cases. That's an 11% increase over 2019. Overdose deaths had been decreasing for two straight years. Fentanyl was involved in 87% of the overdose deaths, and meth was found in 35% of the cases. 49 deaths investigated by the coroner's office involved both drugs.
(Cincinnati)--Southwest Ohio Congressman Brad Wenstrup is leading a congressional delegation touring three migrant holding facilities in Texas. The members specialize in health care and national security matters. Wenstrup will investigate what the facilities in Brownsville, McAllen, and Donna Texas are doing to stop the spread of COVID-19 among the migrants heading for the border, especially children.
(Oxford)--There's a change in leadership over Miami University's regional campuses. Cathy Bishop-Clark is stepping down as dean of the college of Liberal Arts and Applied Science, also known as CLAAS. She will return to the classroom teaching computer and information technology. She will be succeeded by Dr. Ande Durojaiye, who comes from Northern Kentucky University, where he has been serving as interim provost and executive Vice President for academic affairs.