Harm Reduction Ohio will host the “Ohio Meet Up” for Ohio residents, natives and friends interested in harm reduction in the Buckeye State.read more
HRO will co-sponsor the two-day event with the Ohio state University College of Public Health, Equitas Health and the Harm Reduction Coalition. The program is aimed at health departments and community organizations involved in syringe programs or interested in starting them.read more
Dylan Stanley, a brilliant and dynamic speaker, joins Harm Reduction Ohio as director of community outreach. Dylan is available to speak about harm reduction topics such as ending stigma and understanding the perspective of people who use drugs. She’ll stimulate your mind and light up the room.read more
Darke County, near Dayton, is the 18th Ohio county to start a syringe program. The number of “needle exchanges” in Ohio is growing rapidly, helping to reduce HIV, hepatitis and overdose death among IV drug users.read more
Volunteer information coordinator Victoria Shields will research and write the informative, to-the-point publications based on Ohio rules and aimed at an Ohio audience.read more
Great list of speakers to appear at Sept. 27-28 conference on how harm reduction and smart use of evidence can reduce overdose death in Ohio.read more
A few tickets remain for the Sept. 15 gathering in Granville, near Columbus. The event is for harm reduction advocates, especially volunteers, and those interested in getting involved. See the agenda.read more
Professor Bill Miller finds that a little help plus medication-assisted treatment can add years to the survival of people who have inject drugs and have HIV. Miller speaks next week at HRO event on syringe exchange programs.read more
Tracey Kemper-Hermann, a harm reduction innovator who distributes naloxone directly to drug users, becomes Harm Reduction Ohio’s Ross County Director.read more
What Is Harm Reduction?
Harm reduction is a philosophy that supports drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights.
It uses pragmatic strategies that meet drug users “where they’re at” and all positive changes, even incremental ones. Harm reduction supports safer use of drugs — syringe programs, safe consumption sites and methadone, for example — and empowering people to live happy, healthy lives .
We believe in treating all people, including drug users, with respect and without stigma. We oppose criminalizing drugs and drug users.
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Dennis is the founder of Harm Reduction Ohio. He created the 501(c)3 non-profit organization to advocate for drug policies that reduce overdose death, imprisonment and other drug war harms.
He is a former national reporter at USA TODAY and Knight Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan Medical School. During his 35-year journalism career, he won various awards, including the Champion of Justice award and H.L. Mencken Award for Investigative Journalism for work on the drug war.
“I believe all people, including drug users, should be treated peacefully and with respect,” he says.
Dennis is the father of two boys and lives in Granville, Ohio.
Director of Advocacy
Taylor has a master of science degree in human development and family sciences from the University of Wyoming. She’s won multiple awards for academic excellence and received her undergraduate degree at Morehead State University in her native Kentucky. (Go Eagles!:)
Taylor is married to her college sweetheart, who she’s known since pre-school. She has two adorable boys and divides her time between Columbus and Greenfield, Ohio.
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