A complete list of Ohio events for International Overdose Awareness Day. More than 25 Ohio communities are having events.read more
A “needle exchange” in Newark, Ohio? Harm Reduction Ohio invites the community to ask tough questions to an expert panel on Sept. 12 at the local library.read more
Harm reduction consultant Tino Fuentes, who’s spending a week in Ohio as a guest of Harm Reduction Ohio, made a video with us explaining how to use fentanyl test strips.read more
HRO’s most popular story, by far, tells readers the share of the cocaine supply that has fentanyl and carfentanil in it. What does this reader demand for information that tell us?read more
Some Ohio cities have surprisingly low overdose death rates. Some rural areas have suffered a shockingly high death toll. Two maps tell the story.read more
The great and colorful New York harm reduction advocate will spend a week in Ohio from August 22-29. You should meet him. Read our interview with the “pied piper of fentanyl test strips.”read more
For the first time, every county suffered at least one overdose death. (Cuyahoga suffered 598.) Statewide, deaths were up 20%. A county-by-county look.read more
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.read more
Carfentanil is too common and too powerful for Ohio to continue to use low-dose naloxone. The state must start using only FDA-approved naloxone devices (which carry much higher doses) to treat opioid overdoses.read more
What Is Harm Reduction?
Harm reduction is a philosophy that supports drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights.
It uses pragmatic strategies that meet drug users “where they’re at” and all positive changes, even incremental ones. Harm reduction supports safer use of drugs — syringe programs, safe consumption sites and methadone, for example — and empowering people to live happy, healthy lives .
We believe in treating all people, including drug users, with respect and without stigma. We oppose criminalizing drugs and drug users.
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President, Harm Reduction Ohio
Dennis is the founder of Harm Reduction Ohio. He created the 501(c)3 non-profit organization to advocate for drug policies that reduce overdose death, imprisonment and other drug war harms.
He is a former national reporter at USA TODAY and Knight Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan Medical School. During his 35-year journalism career, he won various awards, including the Champion of Justice award and H.L. Mencken Award for Investigative Journalism for work on the drug war.
“I believe all people, including drug users, should be treated peacefully and with respect,” he says.
Dennis is the father of two boys and lives in Granville, Ohio.
Director of Advocacy
Taylor has a master of science degree in human development and family sciences from the University of Wyoming. She’s won multiple awards for academic excellence and received her undergraduate degree at Morehead State University in her native Kentucky. (Go Eagles!:)
Taylor is married to her college sweetheart, who she’s known since pre-school. She has two adorable boys and divides her time between Columbus and Greenfield, Ohio.
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