LATEST ON COVID-19 AND HARM REDUCTION IN OHIO
Some evidence points to increased overdose death during COVID-19 because people are using alone. That leaves nobody there to reverse an overdose with Narcan or call 911. Drugs may be more potent, too, because reduced demand may mean less cutting and dilution of drugs.
HRO gave out 1,766 naloxone kits during the month of March. Ninety-percent of the kits were distributed through our online service, kindly supported by the Ohio Department of Health during the cvid-19 response.
At least 10 of the state’s 19 syringe programs have shut down. Others cutting back services sharply. Some programs hope to move online.
HRO’s online naloxone program, done in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Health, has been a success. More than 600 online orders have been placed, from 74 of Ohio’s 88 counties during the first 13 days of the program, a response to covid-19.
We take a break from the pandemic to bring you good news about a good person: Ashlee Schleter. She is one of Ohio’s great layperson distributors of naloxone. This week, Narcan that she provided others resulted in two more overdose reversals. Thank you, Ashlee.
After a bad start, Ohio takes action to prevent methadone patients from both coronavirus and overdose.
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