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Kent Running2bWell group.

Running2bWell resumes outdoor in-person meetups, regaining participation

Anthony Elder Reporter May 2, 2021

Running2bWell resumed in-person meetups on March 15. The return follows several months of Zoom meetings and lowered participation. Now, the organization sees many people returning and operates similarly...

Suicide rates expected to increase after 2020

Cassidy Gladieux Reporter March 30, 2021

If you are in crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), available 24/7. The service is available to anyone and all calls are confidential.In Ohio, five people...

Running2bWell plans to begin meeting again once COVID-19 numbers are down.

Running2bWell helps people work toward recovery through fitness

Anthony Elder Reporter February 19, 2021

Running2bWell is a nonprofit organization that uses running groups and fitness activities to help people in recovery for addiction as well as some dealing with mental illness. The organization was founded...

Easter Gibson-Maximovich looks through old photos in her apartment.

DO NOT PUBLISH Breaking the cycle: Ravenna woman recovers from addiction, abuse

Michael Indriolo March 18, 2019 Gibson-Maximovich doesn’t remember exactly when she started drinking, but based on a worn, blurry old photo of her sipping a cup of whiskey her father gave her, she...

Veteran Josh Vandygriff talks about his time in the Army and his struggles with opioid addiction at the Nonprofit Spotlight Speaker Series event held at Henderson Hall on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.

Speaker series on opioids brings community closer through stories of addiction, hope for recovery

Valerie Royzman October 19, 2018

Rachel Pike-Lee told the packed room in Henderson Hall on Thursday her family has tried “everything you can imagine” — hospital visits, drug court, Oriana House classes, Veterans Affairs services,...

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists from the Cincinnati Enquirer participate in a panel discussion at the 2018 Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop.

Pulitzer Prize winners highlight 14th annual ethics workshop

Jake Majka September 21, 2018

“We did this story as a duty to our community,” said Terry DeMio, one of the three Pulitzer Prize winning journalists from the Cincinnati Enquirer who were the keynote speakers for the 14th annual...


Opinion: Addiction doesn’t exclude

Skye McEowen October 19, 2016

Sitting in my room, I hear a door downstairs shut. For some reason, I feel my heartbeat quicken and a faint dropping sensation in my stomach. Dread sets in, just over a roommate leaving for class.It’s...

Recovering heroin addict Jonny Szczesniak, 20, sits on a bench in his Parma, Ohio, apartment complex on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016.

Walking away from the dragon: a recovering addict’s tale

Alex Delaney-Gesing October 19, 2016

Jonny Szczesniak was nine when he tried heroin for the first time.He was at a friend’s house after wrestling practice when his friend began breaking down the drug on a table, then snorting it.“I was...

Hannah Armenta

Opinion: Josh’s addiction

Hannah Armenta May 4, 2016

I was sitting in Reagan National Airport, waiting for a flight back home to Cleveland last spring when my phone buzzed. The screen read "Joshie".It takes a certain amount of mental preparation to open...

Matt Poe

Opinion: SNL’s heroin skit is crude, honest and sadly, funny

Matt Poe April 19, 2016

Before you decide to stop reading this column because I called a skit about heroin funny, let me explain.  Last week’s episode of Saturday Night Live contained a skit called “Heroin AM,” which depicted...

Empowering students through recovery

Austin Farber February 9, 2016

University Health Services is hosting Empowering Students in Recovery, a program targeted at students suffering from addiction support and assistance. The group will meet every Thursday to offer a judgment...

Matt Poe

Opinion: Technology is consuming our daily lives

Matt Poe November 3, 2015

I have a favor to ask of you, dear reader, but first I will provide some backdrop for this column. A recent study conducted by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization which educates on navigating...

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