Not Right: The problem with how reporters cover fentanyl

Reporters unwisely adopt the language and assumptions of law enforcement. This distorts coverage and misleads readers about basic facts and what’s important. To paraphrase a line from the newspaper movie “Absence of Malice,” daily journalism’s coverage of drugs is often accurate — but not true.

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Gov. Kasich signs law punishing making fentanyl safer

Gov. Kasich signed SB 1, a reckless and sloppy law that gives long sentences for possessing diluted fentanyl. Fentanyl needs to be diluted in the extreme for safety reasons. Basing sentences on diluents — rather than the fentanyl itself — is crazy.

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Cocaine in Ohio: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Nearly 15% of Ohio cocaine has fentanyl in it, according to a Harm Reduction Ohio analysis. Four percent has carfentanil in it. We need to stop blaming heroin use and users for the overdose epidemic and examine why the entire illegal drug supply is contaminated and deadly.

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Why is Stephanie Gaffney dead?

Did heroin addiction kill her? Or did drug prohibition cause her death? It’s time to talk honestly and thoughtfully about what government policies will best prevent yet another motherless child.

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A non-profit foundation provides a neutral guide to Ohio recovery facilities.

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