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Join us Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. for the online launch of an important new book: “This Is Ohio: The Overdose Crisis and the Front Lines of a New America,” by Ohio author Jack Shuler. HRO President Dennis Cauchon will lead the discussion with the author.
Dylan Stanley, 30, our former director of community outreach, was one of Ohio’s great harm reduction activists and certainly its best public speaker. She died of a suspected overdose in Columbus. Our hearts our broken. We miss her enormously.
Four of five cocaine-related overdose deaths in Ohio also involve fentanyl. You never know what’s in a white powder. When a person loses consciousness, always administer naloxone. It can’t hurt. It can only help.
We must stop this. As of August 20, the state has confirmed 472 more overdose deaths in 2020 than were known at the same time in 2019. As Ohioans, we need to do something to save the lives of these wonderful and worthy people who use drugs.
Carfentanil has returned to Ohio at levels not seen since the overdose death peak of 2017. The ultra-dangerous drug appears to have causedOhio’s overdose death increase in 2019. It’s unclear if the drug is responsible for the overdose death surge underway in 2020 during COVID-19.
Congratulation to Hancock County Public Health! The county opened a new syringe service program in Findlay, its largest city, on July 30th. Hancock is the 21st Ohio county to approve a syringe program and is first new one in 2020, launching despite challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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