Black tar heroin much safer than powdered heroin. All heroin is not the same. Black tar heroin is almost never adulterated with fentanyl when smuggled into the United States. A newly released DEA report found that only one of 486 samples (0.2%) of black tar heroin...read more
Find a program near you! Ohio now has syringe programs in 20 counties and at 30 locations. See a complete list of locations, hours and contact information.read more
Watch the keynote talk at Harm Reduction Ohio’s annual conference. This talk has helped many parents finally understand what was happening with their children who became addicted to heroin.read more
Court imposes "consequences" for relapse after longest period of sobriety in his adult life Billy McCall, our beloved syringe program advocacy director, was in court in Newark, Ohio, this morning for having a "dirty" urine test last month. Billy, one of the smartest...read more
Overdose deaths fall about 22.5% from 2017 How many Ohioans died of drug overdoses in 2018? We get asked that question almost every day. The answer is about 3,764, down from 4,854 in 2017. That's a 22.5% decline. The age-adjusted rate of accidental overdose deaths was...read more
Dangerous drug concentrated in northeast Ohio (Akron-Youngstown) People who use cocaine, meth and pills need to treat them like an opioid Harm Reduction Ohio issued an immediate alert today warning people who use drugs to exercise extreme caution because ultra-potent...read more
Scioto County has No. 1 overdose death rate Montgomery County falls to No. 7 Overdose deaths in Ohio fell to 3,758 in 2018, a drop of 22.6% from the state's record high of 4,854 in 2017, a Harm Reduction Ohio analysis of state mortality data found. Sixty-one Ohio...read more
Please take this consumer survey on Ohio’s medical marijuana program. Harm Reduction Ohio is conducting a survey on how Ohio’s new medical marijuana system is functioning from the consumer/patient perspective. Ohio residents who use (or want to use) marijuana for medical reasons are asked to take this confidential survey.read more
What is the legal marijuana system like in Canada? Harm Reduction Ohio intern Christien Kelly accidentally found out. Kelly is a Toronto native and student at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Read his report.read more
Ohio’s heavily regulated and overly cumbersome medical marijuana regulatory system is ill-suited for legal marijuana (not to mention medical marijuana!). Here’s an explanation of why.read more
Carfentanil is back in Ohio and killing significant numbers of Ohioans again. The ultra-potent fentanyl analog was found in nearly 10% of illegal drugs in April, explaining the surge in overdose deaths in the last six months. Drug checking is needed immediately.read more
Harm Reduction Ohio needs your help. We are applying for an Ohio Department of Health grant to deliver Narcan to those most at risk of overdose death: people who use illegal drugs. If HRO gets the grant, we will need volunteers (and a few paid part-time workers) to reach these wonderful, unfairly stigmatized human beings in communities across Ohio.read more
Ohioans use drugs at below average rates and have for many years. So why are overdose death rates the second highest in the country? Bad drug policies — not high drug use — are causing the overdose death epidemic.read more
Carfentanil’s return coincides with an increase in overdose death in Ohio and ends a trend to lower death rates. The ultra-dangerous fentanyl analog appears to be most common in northeastern Ohio. Its frequency is still far lower than in peak in June 2017 when it was found in 9.8% of the drug supply.read more
Christopher Hawkins, a recently retired research chemist, has agreed to be Harm Reduction Ohio's new scientific advisor. Chris will analyze science for us on many issues, from infectious disease rates to drug checking. On Tuesday, Chris joined HRO's syringe program...read more
Preliminary data points to worrisome trend statewide Too early to tell with certainty WARNING: Ohio appears to be in the middle of a significant surge in overdose death that began late last year. The increase reverses the sharp decline in death that occurred from July...read more
Ohio has unnecessary laws and regulations limiting naloxone access. These policies have likely contributed to Ohio’s high overdose death rate. It’s time to let properly trained laypersons hand out naloxone. Other states have done this — and it makes a big difference.read more
Co-sponsored by Ohio CAN (Change Addiction Now) Big crowd coming. Don't miss it! (We'll fit you in somehow.) REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE...read more
Most people know the CDC recommends syringe programs to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis. But few realize that the Ohio Department of Health also made a strong recommendation along these lines in October. The Licking County Board of Health vote to outlaw syringe programs is out of step with state and federal health authorities.read more
Harm Reduction Ohio President Dennis Cauchon appeared on Spectrum News 1's InFocus show to talk about the recent outbreak of hepatitis in Columbus and other parts of Ohio and the role syringe programs play in controlling these outbreaks. The news channel is a service...read more
The rate of black overdose deaths is now nearly identical to that of whites. This epidemic is no longer mostly a white thing. What’s driving the increase in black deaths? Is race playing a role in government’s response to this epidemic vs. crack cocaine in the 1980s?read more
Watch the keynote talk at Harm Reduction Ohio’s annual conference.
This hourlong video presents Sam Snodgrass’s keynote talk at Harm Reduction Ohio’s annual conference in April. It deserves your time and attention.
Sam holds a doctorate in biopsychology and had a research fellowship from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He lost it all from an addiction to opioids. Several parents who lost a child to overdose told us they did not fully understand what happed and what their child was going through until they heard’s Sam’s talk at the Harm Reduction Coalition’s conference in New Orleans or elsewhere.
Sam’s talk his three major parts, each one fascinating in its own right:
- His personal journey from successful academic at medical school to a homeless opioid addict who’d lost everything.
- The neuroscience behind opioids and addiction.
- Why harm reduction is crucial to reducing overdose deaths and other destructive consequences of current drug policies.
Special thanks to Mary Stafford, a mother who lost a son to overdose and did not understand what happened until hearing Sam’s talk. She hired a professional video crew to record Sam’s talk at HRO’s conference. The recording was made for Broken No More, a family organization that hopes “more enlightened drug policies may help stem the tide of addiction and overdose.”
A big thanks to Sam, Mary and Laura Cash, a board member of both Harm Reduction Ohio and Broken No More.