What naloxone price cuts mean for preventing overdose deaths

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.

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Nitazene opioids in Ohio’s Drug Supply: How big a problem?

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.

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Black residents share of opioid deaths soars to record level in Ohio

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.

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Opioid settlement first expense: $10,000-a-month contract to Columbus insider

Ohio starting spending its opioid settlement dollars today by hiring a politically connected Columbus lobbyist to do public relations for up to $10,000 per month. Yikes! Also, the only Black member of the 29-member board was absent, so everyone involved in OneOhio — all board members, lawyers, bankers, even the IT guy — was White. So far this year, Black residents have accounted for 20% of overdose deaths. The OneOhio opioid settlement board’s policy of excluding the impacted population from having a say in opioid settlement money has never been more complete.

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How to Save the Ship: Update on $1 billion OneOhio Opioid Settlement

People with lived and shared experience turned out in force for the Harm Reduction Ohio update on Ohio’s $1 billion opioid settlement. There was a consensus to form a “Friends of OneOhio” advocacy group for the impacted population to see a voice in how settlement money is used. A video of the event is now available, as is a PowerPoint provided an update on OneOhio.

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First Opioid Settlement Payment On Way in Ohio

The Ohio Attorney General is sending out the first payment from the $1 billion OneOhio opioid settlement this week and next. The first payment is $8 million from the opioid distributors and will go to 500 local governments in Ohio. Another $900+ million will be paid over the next 18 years. See our complete list of who’s getting money in the first round.

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Friends of OneOhio: Your voice in Ohio’s opioid settlement

“Nothing about us without us.” People who’ve suffered directly from opioids and overdose have been denied a voice in how the $1 billion OneOhio opioid settlement will be used. This is wrong and unjust in the extreme. The impacted population — that is, people with lived and shared experience with opioids — have a right to be involved in how opioid settlement money is used. Please join Friends of OneOhio in our effort to ensure that people who suffered overdoses or lost loved ones to overdose are welcomed to the decision-making table.

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Gongwer News Service report on Ohio opioid settlement board saying its exempt from open meeting/public records law

The OneOhio opioid settlement board met today and stated openly for the first time that it believes it is exempt from open meetings and public record laws. The board, which will control 55% of Ohio’s $1 billion in opioid settlement money, has been operating largely in secret and contrary to the language of the settlement agreement. Gongwer News Service, which provides in-depth reporting on Ohio, provides this account of the issue.

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Will public comment be allowed at OneOhio opioid settlement board meeting Thursday?

Harm Reduction Ohio and two other organizations requested that the OneOhio opioid settlement board set aside time for the public to speak at its three-hour board meeting Thursday morning. The opioid settlement board will control 55% of Ohio’s $1 billion opioid settlement. Until now, it has excluded the public from involvement in the opioid settlement.

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The Incredible Whiteness of Being OneOhio

The OneOhio Recovery Foundation reflects racial inequality in the extreme. In Ohio, Black residents die of opioid overdose death rates 405 higher that White residents. Yet the 29-person OneOhio Recovery Foundation board has only one Black member. The 19 powerful regional OneOhio boards have essentially no minority board members — not Black, not Asian, not Hispanic. And the impacted population — people who use/d drug and people who’ve lost loved ones to overdose — have been cut out of opioid settlement spending.

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SHIPWRECK ALERT: The OneOhio opioid settlement disaster, Part 2

This article details how the new OneOhio Recovery Foundation, a government board that controls 55% of Ohio’s $1 billion opioid settlement, is off to a disastrous start that will cost lives. The board is has excluded the public, the impacted population, Black Ohioans and other stakeholders from having involvement in the opioid settlement — or even knowing what the board is doing. Government officials, mostly county commissioners and township trustees, claim they’re operating a “private foundation” that is not subject to open meetings requirements, public records law, state ethics rules and more. Learn how the state is flagrantly ignoring state law and the plain language of the opioid settlement agreement to create a system of waste and spoils for government officials.

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Overdose deaths continue modest decline in Ohio

Overdose deaths in Ohio appear to have declined modestly but steadily over the last six months. The reasons aren’t clear, but some evidence points to expanded naloxone distribution as a possible reason. Still, death rates remain catastrophically high and appear better only when compared to unprecedented levels of overdose deaths that occurred early in the Covid pandemic,

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Overdose deaths of Black Ohioans soar; deaths of White residents decline

Black residents have suffered higher overdose death rates since late 2018, and the racial gap in overdose death has grown more extreme with each passing year. The OneOhio Recovery Board, which will spend most of Ohio’s $1 billion opioid settlement, met for the first time last week. All 27 people in the room were White. Ohio, we have a problem.

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Overdose deaths in Ohio decline over six months from record level

Overdose death remain at horrific levels, but preliminary data show a measurable decline began last November. In the last six months, preliminary data show overdose deaths fell 6.5% versus the same period a year earlier. It’s hard to say why, but the state’s mammoth Narcan blitz last August and September appears to have played a role in the decline.

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