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The law is unlikely to pass this year but is an important first step. More co-sponsors and a legislative hearing are needed.
Sarah, a peer supporter, told her moving story March 11 to Ohio legislators, explaining why adequate funding for children services is so important. “My favorite quote is, ‘A Closed Mouth Doesn’t Get Fed.’ When I wasn’t advocating for myself, nothing I needed or wanted was being heard. So today, I am speaking for others who don’t have a voice.” Thank you for speaking now, Sarah.
The bad news continues. Overdose death has receded slightly since the record set in May 2020, but Ohio continues to suffer the worst monthly overdose death totals ever — and that’s saying something considering what our state has been through. It’s time for Ohio to adjust overdose prevention spending and policies.
Ohio will likely set a record for overdose deaths in 2020, exceeding the record of 4,854 deaths in 2020. In this article, we report overdose death rates for all 88 counties in 2020 and these death rates have changed in every year since 2015. Compare your county to others in Ohio.
Barriers preventing people who use drugs from getting Hepatitis C treatment are falling away. Medicaid no longer requires six months of sobriety, hard-to-get liver scans or suffering from severe liver disease before treatment is provided. Learn more about this important changes in Ohio.
More than 1,000 Ohio residents died in 2020 from methamphetamine-related drug overdoses — and 80% of those deaths involved fentanyl or a fentanyl analog. Why is this happening? What can be done to reduce this death on a mass scale?
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