Rural counties in southern Ohio continue to have the worst overdose death rates in Ohio.
Elie Scott, a psychologist from Georgia, revealed in this season’s first episode of ‘Survivor’ that she’d lost her older sister to overdose in 2020. It’s a moving example of a tragedy that has become common to a generation of young adults. Please watch.
The OneOhio opioid settlement is harm reduction friendly agreement…even if the board controlling most money is not. It’s important to remember that Ohio’s opioid settlement agreement is OK; it’s bungled execution of the agreement that has turned the OneOhio into a shipwreck. Read the list of intended uses yourself to understand why politicians trying to turn the settlement into a secret slush fund is so tragic.
The pace of overdose death in Ohio continues at a horrific level, far worse than even three years ago. Drug use is not the cause of Ohio’s overdose death epidemic. The drug war is the cause. Harm Reduction Ohio explains our state’s self-inflicted tragedy and what can be done to stop the overdose epidemic.
The OneOhio opioid settlement board added more White board members and started hiring staff. Everyone is White. Well, not everyone. Black residents make up 14% of Ohio’s population and 20% of opioid deaths. They just don’t matter to OneOhio, which claims it can operate secretly like a private club. Except this isn’t 1952. Segregation and racial discrimination is not acceptable. The shipwreck that is the OneOhio opioid settlement continues its race to the bottom.
The OneOhio opioid settlement board plans vote Wednesday to approve a policy of operating in secrecy. OneOhio will oversee spending 55% of Ohio’s $1 billion opioid settlement. Even though the settlement agreement signed by the governor and attorney general said OneOhio would comply with open meetings and public records law, OneOhio now says it won’t because…well, just cuz.
A new chart comparing Ohio’s overdose death rate to the national average from 1999 through 2021 reveals a lot about the cause of our state’s overdose crisis. It requires us to consider the possibility that well-intentioned actions had catastrophic consequences that we did not expected.
Grace Blackford captures in song the lasting grief of losing a loved one to overdose. Her brother, Mark, died in 2009 when Grace was 14 years old and a student at Pleasant High School in Marion, Ohio.
The state of Ohio launched a centralized web site for individuals, organizations, businesses and first responders who want to order naloxone, the overdose-reversing drug. The site is called NaloxoneOhio. Harm Reduction Ohio, the state’s largest naloxone distributor, supports a centralized ordering site but won’t participate because it has no capacity to handle additional orders.
More than 40,000 Ohio residents have died from accidental drug overdoses since 2010. August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day, a opportunity to memorialize the many beautiful people we’ve lost. The articlel inckudes a list of Overdose Awareness Day events in Ohio.
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