Black residents have suffered higher overdose death rates since late 2018, and the racial gap in overdose death has grown more extreme with each passing year. The OneOhio Recovery Board, which will spend most of Ohio’s $1 billion opioid settlement, met for the first time last week. All 27 people in the room were White. Ohio, we have a problem.
Overdose death remain at horrific levels, but preliminary data show a measurable decline began last November. In the last six months, preliminary data show overdose deaths fell 6.5% versus the same period a year earlier. It’s hard to say why, but the state’s mammoth Narcan blitz last August and September appears to have played a role in the decline.
OneOhio, which will spend most of Ohio’s $1 bilion in opioid settlement money, held its first meeting today — and banned the public from attending. Read about OneOhio’s rocky start and how the impacted population has been almost entirely excluded from having influence in how the money will be spent.
Read about the woman who dedicated 28 years to freeing people sentenced to life without parole for nonviolent marijuana offenses…and, at long last, had great success…then unexpectedly found romance with one of the men she freed. A story about love and justice.
Today, the official overdose death count hit 5,083, passing the horrific record of 5,017 set just a year before. Another 100 or so deaths are yet to be added to the 2021 mortality data, so the final death toll will be about 5,200 Ohio residents dead from accidental drug overdoses. What’s caused this public health catastrophe? What can be done about it?
Ohio is on track to report 5,200+ overdose deaths in 2021, even worst than the record of 5,017 set in 2020. Twenty five counties have already confirmed record levels of overdose death in 2021; several counties are likely to join this sad list when all deaths are accounted for. Is the state prioritizing where death is worst in Ohio? This article will help you decide.
Harm Reduction Ohio provides the new data on how much fentanyl is in Ohio’s illegal drug supply and often fentanyl is found in cocaine and meth. It’s not pretty. Ohio is now in the middle of an overdose epidemic driven by fentanyl adulteration in stimulants.
Ohio residents use drugs at slightly below the national average. The belief that high levels of drug use is the cause of Ohio’s high level of overdose death is false. What has Ohio done to turnj average levels of drug use into some of the nation’s highest overdose death rates?
Harm Reduction Ohio presents a decade of overdose death counts for all major drugs. The counts estimate the final count of overdose deaths for 2021 and connect the estimates to actual death counts from 2011 through 2022. The charts allow readers to understand the fast-changing nature of Ohio’s overdose death epidemic.
Fentanyl-adulterated stimulants — both meth and cocaine — are driving overdose deaths to an unprecedented level in Ohio. We need to stop thinking we have an “opioid crisis.” We have an overdose epidemic and the cause is drug adulteration caused by the drug war.
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