The OneOhio foundation opioid settlement board met for the first time since being sued for violating open meetings and public records laws. The meeting was entertaining, in its own way.
The OneOhio Recovery Foundation, a government board that controls 55% of Ohio’s $1 billion opioid settlement, meets today at noon. You can attend in person or online.
The OneOhio opioid settlement board will meet again Wednesday. The board has decided “voluntarily” to let the public silently watch — but not speak. This is what stigma looks like — a belief that people touched by opioids are not worth listening because government knows best. This is no way to spend $1 billion.
The OneOhio Recovery Foundation, a state board that will spend 55% of Ohio’s $1 billion opioid settlement, claims it is exempt from open meetings and public records law. Harm Reduction Ohio disagrees, saying $500 million+ in opioid settlement money can’t be spent in secret.
The new federal State Opioid Response grant will pay Ohio $97.4 million annually over the next two years. We provide Ohio’s spending for you to read.
A revolution in naloxone distribution may be near. Big drops in the cost of naloxone will let the state to redirect millions of dollars to improving how naloxone is delivered and overdoses are prevented. We discuss what generic naloxone nasal spray means for the future of naloxone distribution in Ohio.
Nitazenes, a class of opioids created in the 1950s, have become more common in Ohio. However, the drugs, which come mostly from Eastern Europe, remain relatively rare and have not caused a noticeable change in overdose death. In Ohio, fentanyl and its analogs remain the overwhelming drivers of overdose death, especially among people who use cocaine and meth.
Where does your county rank? See a list of the 25 Ohio counties with the worst overdose death rates, and the 10 counties with the lowest rates.
Black residents account for 20% of opioid overdose deaths so far in 2022. That’s far above the share of our state’s population (14%) made up of Black residents and a big increase from 2014 when Black residents made up 8% of opioid overdoses. We , as a state, need to adjust our response to the overdose crisis to reflect this enormous change in demographics.
Southern Ohio counties continue to suffer the worst rates of overdose death. The urban counties of Mahoning (Youngstown), Clark (Springfield) and Montgomery (Dayton) also have extremely high death rates.
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