Heroin deaths decline Cocaine is now Ohio's most dangerous drug. It killed more people than heroin because powder cocaine and crack cocaine in Ohio are now broadly contaminated with fentanyl and its chemical relatives, such as carfentanil and...read more
Tom Petty's fatal drug mixture contained more than prescription drugs. According to the coroner's report, his blood contained two fentanyl analogues found only in illegal drugs: acetyl fentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl. Acetyl fentanyl is the fourth most common...read more
Harm Reduction Ohio President Dennis Cauchon had articles published today on different aspects of the drug overdose epidemic. Cleveland Plain Dealer. Cocaine-fentanyl deaths now outnumber heroin-fentanyl, possible policy responses. Columbus Dispatch. Why...read more
City's health department first in Ohio to warn residents of danger Columbus Public Health issued a warning to drug users to beware of cocaine-fentanyl mixes, a deadly combination that killed more Ohioans in 2017 than heroin-fentanyl. The city's...read more
The highest number of fatal drug overdoses in Ohio occur on weekends but, perhaps surprisingly, deaths are fairly evenly spread throughout the week. In 2016, accidental drug overdoses killed 4,050 Ohioans. Here's when those Ohioans died. The information is from the...read more
Good-bye cannabis penalties! Voters may end all punishment for possessing or growing pot in Athens, Ohio.
UPDATE: Passes overwhelmingly. (Crucial vote) Tuesday, Nov. 7. Home rule authority opens door to marijuana reform in Ohio. A marijuana ballot initiative in the city of Athens is one of the most interesting and important items that voters will decide in...
Drug Policy Challenge
Minimizing the harms of drugs and drug policies. The goal is keeping Ohioans healthy, alive and productive — whether they use legal drugs. illegal ones or none at all.
Drug policy must focus urgently on reducing opioid overdose deaths, now more than 3,000 people a year in Ohio.
Harm Reduction Approach
Drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights.
Pragmatic and practical strategies that meet drug users “where they’re at.” Harm reduction enables safer use — such as needle exchange — and no use. It does not condemn.
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Editor, Harm Reduction Ohio
Cauchon is a journalist who created this site to report on and advocate for harm reducing drug policies in Ohio. A former national reporter at USA TODAY, Cauchon was a Knight Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan Medical School and has won various awards. He lives in Granville, Ohio.