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We must stop this. As of August 20, the state has confirmed 472 more overdose deaths in 2020 than were known at the same time in 2019. As Ohioans, we need to do something to save the lives of these wonderful and worthy people who use drugs.
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.
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.
COVID-19 appears to have caused a big overdose death surge statewide in April-May-June, new data show. The death spike was seen everywhere in the state — in big cities, small cities, and rural areas. Also new: overdose deaths exceeded 4,000 in 2019, driven by accelerating death late in the year. The overdose decline of 2018 was fleeting.
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.
Hours flexible: 15 to 35 hours per week. Pay starts at $14 to $20 per hour depending on experience. Job located in central Ohio. This is an important position and carries significant responsibility.
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