Most people know the CDC recommends syringe programs to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis. But few realize that the Ohio Department of Health also made a strong recommendation along these lines in October. The Licking County Board of Health vote to outlaw syringe programs is out of step with state and federal health authorities.
Harm Reduction Ohio President Dennis Cauchon appeared on Spectrum News 1's InFocus show to talk about the recent outbreak of hepatitis in Columbus and other parts of Ohio and the role syringe programs play in controlling these outbreaks. The news channel is a service...
The rate of black overdose deaths is now nearly identical to that of whites. This epidemic is no longer mostly a white thing. What’s driving the increase in black deaths? Is race playing a role in government’s response to this epidemic vs. crack cocaine in the 1980s?
“Heroine of Heroin” Tracey Helton will be a featured speaker at Harm Reduction Ohio’s “Family Matters” conference
Come meet Tracey Helton Mitchell, an Ohio native turned San Francisco heroin addict turned harm reduction legend.
The Newark (Ohio) Advocate newspaper published this editorial today under the headline: "Our view: Licking County Health Board's needle exchange vote was cowardly." A public body that is supposed to be looking out for the overall health of the community should invite...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
To control spread of disease, the Ohio Department of Health recommends people who inject drug be provided ‘reasonable access’ to sterile syringes and needles at pharmacies and local syringe exchange programs.
Ohio’s imprisonment rate is 5x above the state’s historical level. The U.S. is roughly the same. Did you know this? What’s gone wrong?
Four short videos on Issue 1
Issue 1 would end imprisonment for most drug possession arrests Harm Reduction Ohio made four videos in support of Issue 1. This citizens' initiative would end imprisonment for drug possession (except in the largest amounts) and direct the savings to...
But gaps remain and a costly bias to Vivitrol, the most expensive and least proven treatment, remains strong.
Harm Reduction Ohio will host the “Ohio Meet Up” for Ohio residents, natives and friends interested in harm reduction in the Buckeye State.
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.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has re-oriented the Highway Patrol to drug enforcement and away from traffic safety.