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.
The final overdose death counts are in for 2021. Last year’s toll was heartbreaking. In a series of charts, Harm Reduction Ohio takes an in-depth look, drug by drug, at how things have changed over the last 15 yers.
Former House Speaker Armond Budish serving on OneOhio opioid settlement board without valid appointment
Armond Budish says he is a member of the OneOhio opioid settlement board because he won a coin flip with Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb. Is that how control of Ohio’s $1 billion opioid settlement works? Welcome to the wild and wacky world of the OneOhio opioid settlement! (Note: OneOhio is a Private Club. Public not invited.)
Harm Reduction Ohio received 12,400 naloxone kits from the state pharmacy in the first half of 2022. That was 15.1% of the 82,000 kits provided by state government to 148 naloxone providers in the first six months of 2022. We provide a complete list of who got what. See how you local efforts did.
The OneOhio foundation opioid settlement board met for the first time since being sued for violating open meetings and public records laws. The meeting was entertaining, in its own way.
The OneOhio Recovery Foundation, a government board that controls 55% of Ohio’s $1 billion opioid settlement, meets today at noon. You can attend in person or online.
The OneOhio opioid settlement board will meet again Wednesday. The board has decided “voluntarily” to let the public silently watch — but not speak. This is what stigma looks like — a belief that people touched by opioids are not worth listening because government knows best. This is no way to spend $1 billion.
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