Harm Reduction Ohio challenges quickie vote as violation of Ohio open meetings law. Licking County, outside of Columbus, becomes the largest Ohio county to ban syringe programs. It overrode the recommendation of its health commissioner. Harm Reduction Ohio will seek to invalidate the vote.read more
Latest lab tests show fentanyl in more than 10% of cocaine Good news: deadly carfentanil has not returned to cocaine The share of cocaine containing fentanyl appears to have risen sharply in recent months, reversing a sharp drop in fentanyl-laced cocaine and...read more
A new Harm Reduction Ohio study shows fentanyl adulteration of cocaine — a phenomenon that’s killed killed 3,000 Ohioans — is happening here, at the bottom of the supply chain, not in Mexico or South America.read more
Carfentanil came, killed, left. The reason overdose deaths have fallen sharply in Ohio can be attributed to a singular cause: carfentanil has nearly vanished from Ohio's illegal drug supply. The charts in this article will explain why. It's important to understand...read more
It has a drug policy problem. Conventional wisdom is that Ohio has high rates of overdose death because of high levels of drug use, high levels of drug misuse and poor access to treatment. All three beliefs are false.In every respect, Ohio's drug use and...read more
Early bird tickets available for $25 through January 31. In the tradition of “nothing about us without us,” the conference will hear directly from drug users, drug dealers, moms, dads, children. No doctors. No police. No bullshit.read more
Carfentanil has essentially vanished from Ohio. Fentanyl of any type has dropped 80% in Ohio’s cocaine supply. Why? Nobody knows. But safer cocaine (and other drugs) is the reason overdose death is falling.read more
The Health Policy Institute of Ohio released the latest in its series of reports on how closely Ohio's response to the opiate problem matches what scientific evidence says should be done. This 44-page report focused on how well the state uses harm reduction...read more
On the eve of the Issue 1 vote, Cindy Koumoutzis’ heart is with “those people” who she’s come to know and love
Says Cindy Koumoutzis of the family group Ohio CAN (Change Addiction Now): No matter what voters decide on Issue 1, we need to stay focused on mental health and why people self medicate.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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President, Harm Reduction Ohio
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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