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‘Survivor’ contestant talks movingly of sister’s overdose death

‘Survivor’ contestant talks movingly of sister’s overdose death

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.

What Ohio’s $1 billion opioid settlement can be spent on

What Ohio’s $1 billion opioid settlement can be spent on

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.

Ohio sets new record for weeks with 100+ overdose deaths

Ohio sets new record for weeks with 100+ overdose deaths

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.

OneOhio Opioid Settlement Board’s Latest Accomplishment: An Even Whiter Shade of Pale

OneOhio Opioid Settlement Board’s Latest Accomplishment: An Even Whiter Shade of Pale

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.

OneOhio opioid settlement board to approve secrecy policy on Wednesday

OneOhio opioid settlement board to approve secrecy policy on Wednesday

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.

The state of Ohio launches new site to order naloxone

The state of Ohio launches new site to order naloxone

The state of Ohio launched a centralized web site for individuals, organizations, businesses and first responders who want to order naloxone, the overdose-reversing drug. The site is called NaloxoneOhio. Harm Reduction Ohio, the state’s largest naloxone distributor, supports a centralized ordering site but won’t participate because it has no capacity to handle additional orders.

What it means: Final Ohio Overdose Death Numbers for 2021

What it means: Final Ohio Overdose Death Numbers for 2021

The final overdose death counts are in for 2021. Last year’s toll was heartbreaking. In a series of charts, Harm Reduction Ohio takes an in-depth look, drug by drug, at how things have changed over the last 15 yers.

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