Black residents account for 20% of opioid overdose deaths so far in 2022. That’s far above the share of our state’s population (14%) made up of Black residents and a big increase from 2014 when Black residents made up 8% of opioid overdoses. We , as a state, need to adjust our response to the overdose crisis to reflect this enormous change in demographics.
Southern Ohio counties continue to suffer the worst rates of overdose death. The urban counties of Mahoning (Youngstown), Clark (Springfield) and Montgomery (Dayton) also have extremely high death rates.
Ohio starting spending its opioid settlement dollars today by hiring a politically connected Columbus lobbyist to do public relations for up to $10,000 per month. Yikes! Also, the only Black member of the 29-member board was absent, so everyone involved in OneOhio — all board members, lawyers, bankers, even the IT guy — was White. So far this year, Black residents have accounted for 20% of overdose deaths. The OneOhio opioid settlement board’s policy of excluding the impacted population from having a say in opioid settlement money has never been more complete.
People with lived and shared experience turned out in force for the Harm Reduction Ohio update on Ohio’s $1 billion opioid settlement. There was a consensus to form a “Friends of OneOhio” advocacy group for the impacted population to see a voice in how settlement money is used. A video of the event is now available, as is a PowerPoint provided an update on OneOhio.
The Ohio Attorney General is sending out the first payment from the $1 billion OneOhio opioid settlement this week and next. The first payment is $8 million from the opioid distributors and will go to 500 local governments in Ohio. Another $900+ million will be paid over the next 18 years. See our complete list of who’s getting money in the first round.
Harm Reduction Ohio will provide an update on Ohio’s $1 billion OneOhio opioid settlement via Zoom at 7 p.m..Tuesday, July 12. Please call in.
Friends of OneOhio is a new organization that wants people impacted by have a voice in the $1 billion OneOhio opioid settlement. To date, the impacted population has been shut out of decisions on the $1 billion settlement.
“Nothing about us without us.” People who’ve suffered directly from opioids and overdose have been denied a voice in how the $1 billion OneOhio opioid settlement will be used. This is wrong and unjust in the extreme. The impacted population — that is, people with lived and shared experience with opioids — have a right to be involved in how opioid settlement money is used. Please join Friends of OneOhio in our effort to ensure that people who suffered overdoses or lost loved ones to overdose are welcomed to the decision-making table.
Gongwer News Service report on Ohio opioid settlement board saying its exempt from open meeting/public records law
The OneOhio opioid settlement board met today and stated openly for the first time that it believes it is exempt from open meetings and public record laws. The board, which will control 55% of Ohio’s $1 billion in opioid settlement money, has been operating largely in secret and contrary to the language of the settlement agreement. Gongwer News Service, which provides in-depth reporting on Ohio, provides this account of the issue.
Harm Reduction Ohio and two other organizations requested that the OneOhio opioid settlement board set aside time for the public to speak at its three-hour board meeting Thursday morning. The opioid settlement board will control 55% of Ohio’s $1 billion opioid settlement. Until now, it has excluded the public from involvement in the opioid settlement.
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