EVENT: Book Launch for “This Is Ohio,’ by Jack Shuler

Join us Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. for the online launch of an important new book: “This Is Ohio: The Overdose Crisis and the Front Lines of a New America,” by Ohio author Jack Shuler. HRO President Dennis Cauchon will lead the discussion with the author.

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Rest in Peace: Dylan Stanley

Dylan Stanley, 30, our former director of community outreach, was one of Ohio’s great harm reduction activists and certainly its best public speaker. She died of a suspected overdose in Columbus. Our hearts our broken. We miss her enormously.

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Cocaine overdose? Administer naloxone

Four of five cocaine-related overdose deaths in Ohio also involve fentanyl. You never know what’s in a white powder. When a person loses consciousness, always administer naloxone. It can’t hurt. It can only help.

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Carfentanil is back, driving overdose deaths higher in Ohio

Carfentanil has returned to Ohio at levels not seen since the overdose death peak of 2017. The ultra-dangerous drug appears to have causedOhio’s overdose death increase in 2019. It’s unclear if the drug is responsible for the overdose death surge underway in 2020 during COVID-19.

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Hancock County opens new syringe service program in Findlay

Congratulation to Hancock County Public Health! The county opened a new syringe service program in Findlay, its largest city, on July 30th. Hancock is the 21st Ohio county to approve a syringe program and is first new one in 2020, launching despite challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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JOB OPENINGS for Harm Reduction Ohio’s naloxone distribution program

A full-time Naloxone Distribution Manager and one or more part-time Naloxone Distribution Specialists will be hired to work in Harm Reduction Ohio’s central Ohio office. Our naloxone distribution program is Ohio’s largest. We distributed more than 9,000 kits and reverse more than 400 overdoses in the first six months of this year.

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Where are overdose death rates worst in Ohio?

We need to keep our focus on the entire state because the highest overdose rates are in small towns and cities, not our biggest counties. Scioto County (Portsmouth) has had the No. 1 in overdose death rate for three straight years.

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Syringe programs re-opening, adding hours and services

Programs find ways to safely adapt to covid-19 See updated list of syringe programs, hours and locationsBy Elaine Louden, HRO Public Health Fellow Updated 5/20/20 Ohio’s syringe programs are starting to reopen and resume normal hours after closing or restricting...

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Are overdose deaths increasing during COVID-19?

Some evidence points to increased overdose death during COVID-19 because people are using alone. That leaves nobody there to reverse an overdose with Narcan or call 911. Drugs may be more potent, too, because reduced demand may mean less cutting and dilution of drugs.

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VIDEO: Sam Snodgrass, PhD, “The Struggle for Survival: Opioids, Addiction, and the Brain”

Watch the keynote talk at Harm Reduction Ohio’s annual conference.

This hourlong video presents Sam Snodgrass’s keynote talk at Harm Reduction Ohio’s annual conference  in April. It deserves your time and attention.

Sam holds a doctorate in biopsychology and had a research fellowship from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He lost it all from an addiction to opioids. Several parents who lost a child to overdose told us they did not fully understand what happed and what their child was going through until they heard’s Sam’s talk at the Harm Reduction Coalition’s conference in New Orleans or elsewhere.

Sam Snodgrass, PhD

Sam’s talk his three major parts, each one fascinating in its own right:

  • His personal journey from successful academic at medical school to a homeless opioid addict who’d lost everything.
  • The neuroscience behind opioids and addiction.
  • Why harm reduction is crucial to reducing overdose deaths and other destructive consequences of current drug policies.


Special thanks to Mary Stafford, a mother who lost a son to overdose and did not understand what happened until hearing Sam’s talk. She hired a professional video crew to record Sam’s talk at HRO’s conference. The recording was made for Broken No More, a family organization that hopes “more enlightened drug policies may help stem the tide of addiction and overdose.”

A big thanks to Sam, Mary and Laura Cash, a board member of both Harm Reduction Ohio and Broken No More.

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