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.
Rural counties in southern Ohio continue to have the worst overdose death rates in Ohio.
Elie Scott, a psychologist from Georgia, revealed in this season’s first episode of ‘Survivor’ that she’d lost her older sister to overdose in 2020. It’s a moving example of a tragedy that has become common to a generation of young adults. Please watch.
The OneOhio opioid settlement is harm reduction friendly agreement…even if the board controlling most money is not. It’s important to remember that Ohio’s opioid settlement agreement is OK; it’s bungled execution of the agreement that has turned the OneOhio into a shipwreck. Read the list of intended uses yourself to understand why politicians trying to turn the settlement into a secret slush fund is so tragic.
The pace of overdose death in Ohio continues at a horrific level, far worse than even three years ago. Drug use is not the cause of Ohio’s overdose death epidemic. The drug war is the cause. Harm Reduction Ohio explains our state’s self-inflicted tragedy and what can be done to stop the overdose epidemic.
The OneOhio opioid settlement board added more White board members and started hiring staff. Everyone is White. Well, not everyone. Black residents make up 14% of Ohio’s population and 20% of opioid deaths. They just don’t matter to OneOhio, which claims it can operate secretly like a private club. Except this isn’t 1952. Segregation and racial discrimination is not acceptable. The shipwreck that is the OneOhio opioid settlement continues its race to the bottom.
The OneOhio opioid settlement board plans vote Wednesday to approve a policy of operating in secrecy. OneOhio will oversee spending 55% of Ohio’s $1 billion opioid settlement. Even though the settlement agreement signed by the governor and attorney general said OneOhio would comply with open meetings and public records law, OneOhio now says it won’t because…well, just cuz.
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