Harm Reduction Ohio conducted the first study of xylazine’s presence in Ohio’s s drug supply. Finding: xylazine is found 37% of the time when fentanyl is present — but almost never in other drugs (cocaine, meth, benzos), except when fentanyl is also present.
Harm Reduction Ohio provides details on the changing presence of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and meth in Ohio’s drug supply from 2013 – 2023. The frequency of fentanyl mixed with other drugs is also provided.
The Ohio legislature approved two harm reduction goals: legalizing fentanyl test strips and expanding Ohio’s Good Samaritan law for people who call for help when witnessing an overdose. Two young Ohio-based harm reduction groups helped make these changes happen. Thank you HEAL Ohio and BirdieLight for making a difference.
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.
Harm Reduction Ohio provides the new data on how much fentanyl is in Ohio’s illegal drug supply and often fentanyl is found in cocaine and meth. It’s not pretty. Ohio is now in the middle of an overdose epidemic driven by fentanyl adulteration in stimulants.
Harm Reduction Ohio presents a decade of overdose death counts for all major drugs. The counts estimate the final count of overdose deaths for 2021 and connect the estimates to actual death counts from 2011 through 2022. The charts allow readers to understand the fast-changing nature of Ohio’s overdose death epidemic.
Meth and cocaine deaths soaring to record levels Stimulants contain fentanyl is driving overdose epidemic Confirmed overdose deaths in Ohio reached 3,269 today, a 5.5% increase over the number reported at the same time last year. It seems likely that, in 2021, Ohio...