September 2019: USA Today, The opioid crisis: The right way to spend billions in settlement money
When the Food and Drug Administration approved OxyContin in 1995, it lit a match that set off an inferno. By allowing Purdue Pharma’s addictive painkiller to be prescribed for a broad range of ailments, the FDA unwittingly instigated one of the worst public health crises our country has known.
Now, nearly a quarter of a century into the opioid epidemic, it’s clear the pharmaceutical industry duped the government into believing opioids were safe to freely prescribe for almost any ailment. By the time we realized we were in a health crisis, thousands of people had already lost their lives. Countless communities had been financially and emotionally devastated just trying to keep pace with the tsunami of overdoses.
August 2019: WLWT 5, Rep. Brad Wenstrup discusses non-opioid pain treatment options with doctors, activists
The consequences of drug abuse are never far from the mind of orthopedic surgeon Mark Snyder.
“(That’s) because it’s the leading cause of accidental death in America,” Snyder said.
On Thursday (8/29/2019), Snyder and other medical experts joined forces with ordinary citizens who are fighting on the front lines of Greater Cincinnati’s opioid crisis.
Both sides gathered at Good Samaritan Hospital to support new ways of treating pain without narcotics. They have a powerful ally in U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio.
August 2019: Akron.com, NARCAN Emergency Kits Installed at CAK
The Akron-Canton Airport partnered with the Green Drug Task Force to install seven emergency NARCAN kits that reverse the effects of an opioid overdose throughout the terminal this summer. The NaloxBox units, similar to AED or first-aid kits located in public places, will be installed alongside CAK’s existing Automated External Defibrillator (AED) units, according to city officials.
Officials said three units at the airport will be supplied by RIDMAT/MRC and RI Responds, the manufacturer of Naloxbox, while the other four units will be purchased by Akron-Canton Airport. Each kit costs approximately $250.
August 2019: Channel 19 Cleveland, Akron-Canton Airport Installs Life Saving Opioid Overdose Units In Terminal
The Akron-Canton Airport has installed NaloBox units inside the terminal that contain Narcan nasal spray. The spray can reverse the effects of opioid overdose.
“We are aware of the growing epidemic and feel responsible as a public facility to be equipped to handle such an incident,” said Ren Camacho President and CEO of Akron-Canton Airport.
First responders have just six minutes to arrive and begin administering the life-saving drug Narcan in an overdose situation according to Greg McNeil, Founder and President of Cover2.org.
“Having Narcan readily available in public spaces can save lives by bridging the gap while waiting for first responders to arrive,” McNeil said.
August 2019: Akron Beacon Journal, Akron-Canton Airport to Install Naloxone Kits
The Akron-Canton Airport is installing seven live-saving naloxone kits, Beacon Journal news partner News 5 Cleveland reports.
“Minutes can matter when it comes to saving a life and we want to be able to provide that opportunity,” airport President and CEO Ren Camacho told the television station. “The ability to save one life, it’s well worth the investment.”
August 2019: Aviation Pros, Akron-Canton Airport In-Terminal Emergency Tools Expanded to Include Narcan
Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) has installed NaloxBox units within its terminal, containing Narcan nasal spray, which can reverse the effects of opioid overdose.
The effort to save lives is a collaboration between CAK, the City of Green, Cover2 Resources, the Summit County Health Department and Project DAWN.
August 2019: Fox 8 Cleveland, Growing Epidemic: Narcan Installed at Akron Canton Airport
NORTH CANTON, Ohio – The Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) has installed NaloxBox units in its terminal that contain Narcan nasal spray, which can reverse the effects of opioid overdose.
It’s part of a collaboration between CAK, the City of Green, Cover2 Resources, the Summit County Health Department and Project DAWN.
August 2019: USA Today, A Hole in Our Hearts – Losing a Loved One to the Opioid Crisis
Bill Sternberg, USA TODAY Editorial Page editor, hopes that talking about his son’s death can help others and shed light on a flawed system. USA TODAY
July 2019: News 5 Cleveland – App Helps Connect Naloxone Carriers With People Overdosing
GREEN, Ohio — Central Park in Green was the venue for a country music concert Thursday night, but it was also a venue in which to raise awareness about the opioid crisis.
Among those attending the event was Greg McNeil of Hudson, Ohio. McNeil, the event organizer, lost his son to a heroin overdose in October 2015.
July 2019: News 5 Cleveland – Akron Canton Airport Installing Seven Narcan Kits
GREEN, Ohio — Seven kits containing the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone will soon be installed at Akron Canton Airport.
The units will be mounted in both public and secure areas next to existing automated external defibrillators (AED’s).
Each kit, called Naloxbox, contain two doses of Narcan as well as a face mask for rescue breathing.
July 2019: Cleveland.com – Summit County concert promotes free app to connect naloxone carriers to people overdosing
GREEN, Ohio — A free country music concert in Green on Thursday will promote the launch of a community-wide network that will connect naloxone carriers with people who are overdosing.
The “Community of First Responders” launch party, featuring food trucks and CMA Award-winning country artist Shane Runion, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Central Park, 1795 Steese Road.
July 2019: 1590 WAKR – Greg McNeil & Shane Runion: Community of First Responders Event
Greg McNeil and CMA artist Shane Runion jump on 1590 WAKR to talk about the Community of First Responders Initiative and the Launch Party concert.
This event is an evening of family-friendly fun, music, and food, celebrating a community uniting together to save lives.
June 2019: Akron Beacon Journal – Hudson Father Devotes Life to Fighting Opioid Epidemic After Son Dies From Overdose
Greg McNeil got the heartbreaking phone call on Oct. 23, 2015. His 28-year-old son, Sam, who had struggled for years with heroin but seemed to have turned the corner, was found dead sitting in his favorite chair at his home in Boca Raton, Florida. It was a drug overdose.
June 2019: NPR, All Things Considered – How One Father Became A Leading Activist In The Fight Against Opioids
When Greg McNeil’s son Sam died of a heroin overdose in 2015, after first becoming addicted to prescription pain pills, the father reinvented himself as an opioid activist.
June 2019: The Fix – Community Of Responders Campaign Aims To End Overdose Deaths
A new campaign growing out of Green, Ohio aims to turn community members into lifesaving first responders who are ready to act in case of an opioid overdose. Combining the efforts of Cover2 Resources, NaloxBox, NaloxoFind, Project DAWN and ODMAP, the Community of First Responders (CFR) is the first of its kind in the U.S.
May 2019: Spectrum News 1 – A Father’s Journey Turns Grief Into Advocacy
Twinsburg, OH – Greg McNeil calls himself a “hack” when it comes to podcasting, and didn’t see it in his future.
- His son died of a heroin overdose
- His podcasts and community activism help others
- He’s working in Green to create programs and resources for those struggling with addictions and overdoses
“I’ve never done a podcast before this in my life,” said Greg McNeil of Cover2 Resources. “But, for whatever reason, it occurred to us it would be a good thing.”
May 2019: ideasstream – City of Green To Install NARCAN Kits In Hotels
The city of Green in Summit County will equip hotels with Narcan, the naloxone nasal spray drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, in a program believed the be the first of its kind in the United States.
May 2019: wksu|89.7 – City of Green to Place NARCAN Kits in Hotels
A new initiative in Green aims to prevent overdose deaths. The city was in the national spotlight in 2016 when a teenager overdosed in a hotel in Green.
May 2019: Cover2 Resources Interviewed on 1590 WAKR
1590 WAKR interviews Cover 2 Resources’ Greg McNeil on the Jasen Sokol Show, covering the installation of the new wall-mounted opioid rescue kits in Green Ohio. Greg shares his insights into the opioid epidemic’s impact on the city of green, and the Community of First Responders efforts to save lives through Narcan administration training and the implementation of public use Naloxone.
May 23rd, 2019: Cover2 Resources Gets Narcan Kits Mounted in Green Ohio Hotels
In an interview with Cover 2 Resources’ Greg McNeil, News 5 Cleveland covers the installation of new wall-mounted opioid rescue kits in hotels around Green Ohio. As part of the efforts made by the Community of First Responders to take action against the opioid epidemic in Ohio, the city of Green is positioning these NaloxBox kits in areas with high occurrences of opioid overdoses, as well as training hotel staff in Narcan administration. Therefore, first responders can revive an unconscious victim while waiting for medical help to arrive, saving lives.
Hope Village Recovery Center Hosts Opioid Roundtable in Rootstown, OH
Senator Rob Portman attended an opioid roundtable on Thursday, August 30th. Hosted by Hope Village Recovery Center, Greg McNeil of Cover2 Resources attended the roundtable along with the Portage County Mental Health and Recovery Board (MHRB). Senator Portman’s bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act helps fund recovery and treatment programs, as well as prevention resources. The Hope Village Recovery Center provides outpatient recovery services for individuals who suffer from alcohol and drug addiction in Rootstown, Ohio.
April 25th, 2018: Cover2 Resources Recognized as Non-Profit of the Month by Nurenberg Paris
Over the past 7 years, Nurenberg Paris has been making a difference through its Community Matters partnership. Every month they choose a non-profit organization to partner with so that they can help them promote their cause and achieve their goals. This program allows non-profits to get recognized by being featured on an episode of WKYC’s Lakeside Today, promoted on social media, and even a ‘Road to a Better’ commercial spot that airs during the month on WKYC.
April 12th, 2018: Fentanyl Is A Lethal Weapon, But $1 Test Strips Offer A Defense
Check out this article featuring our Founder, Greg McNeil discussing how the opioid epidemic has personally affected his family, and how Cover2 Resources funded Circle Health Service’s test strip pilot program.
April 5th, 2018: Surgeon General Jerome Adams pictured with Cover 2 founder
Greg McNeil at the 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit. Surgeon General Adams, along with many other key speakers including former President Clinton, spoke on fighting the opioid within your own immediate communities. He also spoke on making Narcan universally available in order to save lives.
March 30, 2018 : Special Screening of Showtime’s “The Trade” documentary
Catch a special screening of the docu-series “The Trade” for an inside look at the effects of the opioid epidemic. There will be a screening Monday, April 2nd 2018 at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH. For more information, check out the event details here.
March 23, 2018: The Rubber City Radio Group Sponsor Opioid Roundtable
Join our own, Greg McNeil and the Rubber City Radio Group Thursday, March 29th for an “Opioid Roundtable,” featuring some key speakers from our community who will do a short presentation on their role in the battle against the opioid epidemic followed by a question & answer segment from the audience. The roundtable begins March 29, 2018, at Barberton High School Auditorium and we would like to invite everyone to come participate and discover more about the fight against opioid addiction. Visit 1590 WAKR Rubber City Radio Group for more information on the discussion.
March 22, 2018: Nurenberg Paris and Cover2 Discuss Potential Partnership
Nurenburg Paris Attorney Jordan Lebovitz and Cover2 Founder Greg McNeil discuss partnership of organizations on set at Lakeside Today. Take a look at the interview about battling addiction and the opioid epidemic. Watch that interview here.
March 21, 2018: Shane Runion and Greg McNeil Join Jasen Sokol at WAKR
Country music artist Shane Runion and founder of Cover 2 Resources Greg McNeil joined Jasen Sokol on WAKR this morning. Runion discussed his new single “Tattoos” and explained how and where the song originated. Runion performed the song for the Drug-Free Clubs of America and is currently performing at various venues across northeast Ohio. His shows are an attempt to bring a message of hope and bring awareness to the current opioid epidemic, thus tackling the issue head-on. Check out the interview here.
Shane Runion Rocks Out in Cuyahoga Falls
The Shane Runion Band and a number of enthusiastic faces took Cuyahoga Falls High School by storm this morning. The Cuyahoga Falls chapter of the Drug-Free Clubs of America enjoyed an unforgettable show as country artist Shane Runion put on a stellar performance. Runion’s message of finding your life’s purpose, mixed with the band’s raw talent and country roots were enough to get the crowd dancing and then some.
New Country Face Shane Runion Wows Drug-Free Clubs of America
An energetic crowd of country music fans gathered at Barberton High School this morning for a concert full of heart and also hope. Rising country music star, Shane Runion performed for the Drug-Free Clubs of America and wowed his audience Monday. Runion will be performing at a few high schools in northeast Ohio in hopes to inspire the youths. His message stretches beyond music genres and will resonate with all communities.
Runion is a Nashville recording artist and is rising as a fresh, new face in the country music scene. As a 2017 CMA Emerging Artist, Runion has already made a name for himself in the industry. With hits already making their way on to the European and Australian charts, this rising star is in for a promising career.
The next Shane Runion Band performance will be a private show for the Cuyahoga Falls High School chapter of Drug Free Clubs of America on March 20, 2018. For more information on the Shane Runion Band, go to ShaneRunion.Com. To learn more about opening a Drug-Free Clubs of America chapter go to DrugFreeClubs.com.