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Ohio eliminates need to get Terminal Distributor of Dangerous Drugs License to obtain naloxone. This removes a major obstacle blocking that the ability of laypersons and organizations from distributing naloxone. The change should revolutionize naloxone access in Ohio.
Ohio reports 485 overdose deaths in May 2020, exceeding the previous carfentanil-driven peak set in April 2017. The death toll for May will likely exceed 500 when all fatalities are counted. Stress, job loss and social isolation from COVID-19 is the probable cause for the record-breaking death surge.
Join us Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. for the online launch of an important new book: “This Is Ohio: The Overdose Crisis and the Front Lines of a New America,” by Ohio author Jack Shuler. HRO President Dennis Cauchon will lead the discussion with the author.
Dylan Stanley, 30, our former director of community outreach, was one of Ohio’s great harm reduction activists and certainly its best public speaker. She died of a suspected overdose in Columbus. Our hearts our broken. We miss her enormously.
Four of five cocaine-related overdose deaths in Ohio also involve fentanyl. You never know what’s in a white powder. When a person loses consciousness, always administer naloxone. It can’t hurt. It can only help.
We must stop this. As of August 20, the state has confirmed 472 more overdose deaths in 2020 than were known at the same time in 2019. As Ohioans, we need to do something to save the lives of these wonderful and worthy people who use drugs.
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