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Harm Reduction Ohio ranked overdose death rates for 70 Ohio counties for 2019 and 2020. Scioto County (Portsmouth) is Ohio’s deadliest place. The least deadly? Ohio’s most affluent county.
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 500 overdose deaths in May 2020, exceeding the previous carfentanil-driven peak of 484 overdose deaths in April 2017. When all fatalities are counted, the death toll for June will likely set a record for that month, too. Stress, job loss and social isolation from COVID-19 are the probable drivers for the record-breaking death surge now in Ohio.
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.
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