Ohio has more illegal drug users than senior citizens. What are these people really like? A Google search on "Ohio drug users" returns this image as the top result. Is it an accurate representation of Ohio drug users, or even of Ohio opioid users? It is not. The photo...
What Is Harm Reduction?
Drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights.
Pragmatic and practical strategies that meet drug users “where they’re at.” Harm reduction supports safer use — such as syringe exchange and medical marijuana — and no use at all.
Harm Reduction Ohio President Dennis Cauchon published this column in the Cincinnati Enquirer today. It’s time to stop talking about Ohio’s “opioid epidemic.” We don’t have just an opioid epidemic — and never really did. We have a drug overdose epidemic. Ohio’s entire...read more
The state of Ohio announced five ideas that won a contest for a technology concepts that can reduce drug abuse and addiction. The winners were awarded $10,000 each for their ideas. Harm Reduction Ohio entered the idea of developing fentanyl test strips to help users...read more
Proposed law severely punishes diluting fentanyl to make it safer Full House likely to approve this week The Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee has voted unanimously to lengthen prison sentences for drugs containing fentanyl or its analogues. An example of sloppy...read more
This story has been supplanted by superior data. The data provided by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was the best (and only) available at the time. However, it lumped all drugs confiscated at the same time, rather than only drugs actually mixed...read more
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Editor, Harm Reduction Ohio
Cauchon is a journalist who created this site to report on and advocate for harm reducing drug policies in Ohio. A former national reporter at USA TODAY, Cauchon was a Knight Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan Medical School and has won various awards. He lives in Granville, Ohio.
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