The Health Policy Institute of Ohio released the latest in its series of reports on how closely Ohio's response to the opiate problem matches what scientific evidence says should be done. This 44-page report focused on how well the state uses harm reduction...read more
On the eve of the Issue 1 vote, Cindy Koumoutzis’ heart is with “those people” who she’s come to know and love
Says Cindy Koumoutzis of the family group Ohio CAN (Change Addiction Now): No matter what voters decide on Issue 1, we need to stay focused on mental health and why people self medicate.read more
To control spread of disease, the Ohio Department of Health recommends people who inject drug be provided ‘reasonable access’ to sterile syringes and needles at pharmacies and local syringe exchange programs.read more
Ohio’s imprisonment rate is 5x above the state’s historical level. The U.S. is roughly the same. Did you know this? What’s gone wrong?read more
Issue 1 would end imprisonment for most drug possession arrests Harm Reduction Ohio made four videos in support of Issue 1. This citizens' initiative would end imprisonment for drug possession (except in the largest amounts) and direct the savings to...read more
But gaps remain and a costly bias to Vivitrol, the most expensive and least proven treatment, remains strong.read more
Harm Reduction Ohio will host the “Ohio Meet Up” for Ohio residents, natives and friends interested in harm reduction in the Buckeye State.read more
HRO will co-sponsor the two-day event with the Ohio state University College of Public Health, Equitas Health and the Harm Reduction Coalition. The program is aimed at health departments and community organizations involved in syringe programs or interested in starting them.read more
Dylan Stanley, a brilliant and dynamic speaker, joins Harm Reduction Ohio as director of community outreach. Dylan is available to speak about harm reduction topics such as ending stigma and understanding the perspective of people who use drugs. She’ll stimulate your mind and light up the room.read more
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Dennis is the founder of Harm Reduction Ohio. He created the 501(c)3 non-profit organization to advocate for drug policies that reduce overdose death, imprisonment and other drug war harms.
He is a former national reporter at USA TODAY and Knight Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan Medical School. During his 35-year journalism career, he won various awards, including the Champion of Justice award and H.L. Mencken Award for Investigative Journalism for work on the drug war.
“I believe all people, including drug users, should be treated peacefully and with respect,” he says.
Dennis is the father of two boys and lives in Granville, Ohio.