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.
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.
New CDC study confirms Harm Reduction Ohio reports that carfentanil caused an overdose death wave that killed an additional 1,000+ Ohioans. Oddly, ONLY Ohio was hit hard by fentanyl among the 10 states studied.
It’s a myth that police officers are overdosing from accidentally touching or breathing fentanyl. But this false fear is putting people behind bars in Ohio and scaring police and the public for no good reason.
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.
You should. Tino may save your life. “Drug checking” with fentanyl test strips is an inexpensive way to prevent overdoses — not just reverse ODs when they occur but actually reduce the likelihood an overdose will happen.