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The OneOhio opioid settlement board met today to ratify a few policies that had already been completed in secret. The 29-member board — which consists of 28 White members — approved a policy boasting of its commitment to diversity and inclusion. No irony was noted. It also approved an “Expert Panel” application that effectively excludes the impacted population and would limit the “experts” to people with formal credentials.
Harm Reduction Ohio filed the last legal brief today in its effort to get the OneOhio opioid settlement board to comply with public records and open meetings laws. The public records case is now in the hands of the Ohio Supreme Court. The open meetings case is in the hands of a Franklin County judge. At stake: whether the public has a right to know how $500 million+ is opioid settlement money is used.
Harm Reduction Ohio distributed a record 42,077 naloxone kits in 2022. We are Ohio’s largest distributor of the overdose-reversing drug and one of the largest in the country. A special thanks to the hundreds of people who make this enormous, life-saving effort possible.
The Ohio legislature approved two harm reduction goals: legalizing fentanyl test strips and expanding Ohio’s Good Samaritan law for people who call for help when witnessing an overdose. Two young Ohio-based harm reduction groups helped make these changes happen. Thank you HEAL Ohio and BirdieLight for making a difference.
The OneOhio opioid settlement board hired an Ashtabula County commission who was serving as OneOhio’s unpaid chairperson to be its paid interim executive director. Kathryn Whittington will keep her job as an elected official while also working as OneOhio’s executive director. No other applications were solicited or considered. The two jobs will pay Whittington a combined annual salary of $162,000 a year.
Registration begins in February. A great line-up of discussions and speakers is planned. Mark your calendar! You don’t want to miss Ohio’s big harm reduction conference.
Harm Reduction Ohio has sued the OneOhio opioid settlement board for violating Ohio open meetings and public records law. A hearing on the open meetings case will be held Thursday in Franklin County Court. OneOhio says meetings don’t have to be open and records disclosed because it is a private foundation created to spend $500 million in opioid settlement money.
Harm Reduction Ohio released its first project today on the level of overdose death in 2022. Overdose deaths are projected to decline about 6%, falling below 5,000 for the first time since 2019. However, the estimate has a larger than usual margin of error because overdose deaths fell early in the year but have increased since summer.
Harm Reduction Ohio is now the largest online naloxone service in the United States. We received its first online order in February 2019. This year, we’ll provide about 10,000 naloxone kits (20,000 naloxone doses) to Ohio residents ordering online. We’ll distribute another 30,000 naloxone kits through our staff and network of 300 volunteer lat distributors.
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