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The zip code with the highest overdose death rate among African Americans was in Cincinnati. The zip code with the most overdose deaths was in Columbus. Overdose death rate for Black Ohioans now exceeds that for Whites. This list will help everyone involved in overdose reduction focus on where need is exceptionally great.
Harm Reduction Ohio lists the Ohio zip codes with the worst overdose rates, plus every zip code that suffered 50 or more overdose deaths since 2018. It’s a heart-breaking list that shows why laypersons — especially people with lived and shared experiences — must be enlisted to distribute naloxone (Narcan) to the stigmatized population of (beautiful!) people at risk of overdose death.
Read Jennifer’s uplifting story of how new Medicaid rules let her and others who use/d drugs get treatment for Hepatitis C. If you ever injected drugs, please get tested and treated. Ohio’s Medicaid program now treats people who use/d with more compassion and less stigma. A cure for life-threatening Hep C is now possible for everyone.
See where your county ranks for overdose deaths in 2020.
Why hasn’t a big increase in naloxone distribution reduced overdose deaths in Ohio? Ditto treatment. Why hasn’t spending hundreds of millions to provide treatment to people struggling with drugs reduced our overdose death rate? This article explains why.
David Helm II of Harm Reduction Ohio speaks on how George Floyd has been offensively portrayed in ways that falsely stereotype and stigmatize Black men and people who use drugs.
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