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What Is Harm Reduction?

Harm reduction is a philosophy that supports drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights.

It uses pragmatic strategies that meet drug users “where they’re at” and all positive changes, even incremental ones. Harm reduction supports safer use of drugs — syringe programs, safe consumption sites and methadone, for example — and empowering people to live happy, healthy lives .

We believe in treating all people, including drug users, with respect and without stigma. We oppose criminalizing drugs and drug users.

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Dennis Cauchon

Dennis Cauchon

President, Harm Reduction Ohio

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.

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Director of Advocacy

Taylor has a master of science degree in human development and family sciences from the University of Wyoming. She’s won multiple awards for academic excellence and received her undergraduate degree at Morehead State University in her native Kentucky. (Go Eagles!:)

Taylor is married to her college sweetheart, who she’s known since pre-school. She has two adorable boys and divides her time between Columbus and Greenfield, Ohio.

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