What it means: Final Ohio Overdose Death Numbers for 2021
The final overdose death counts are in for 2021. Last year’s toll was heartbreaking. In a series of charts, Harm Reduction Ohio takes an in-depth look, drug by drug, at how things have changed over the last 15 yers.
Former House Speaker Armond Budish serving on OneOhio opioid settlement board without valid appointment
Armond Budish says he is a member of the OneOhio opioid settlement board because he won a coin flip with Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb. Is that how control of Ohio’s $1 billion opioid settlement works? Welcome to the wild and wacky world of the OneOhio opioid settlement! (Note: OneOhio is a Private Club. Public not invited.)
Naloxone Kits Provided by State Government, First Six Months of 2022
Harm Reduction Ohio received 12,400 naloxone kits from the state pharmacy in the first half of 2022. That was 15.1% of the 82,000 kits provided by state government to 148 naloxone providers in the first six months of 2022. We provide a complete list of who got what. See how you local efforts did.
OneOhio opioid settlement board to fight for right to operate in secrecy
The OneOhio foundation opioid settlement board met for the first time since being sued for violating open meetings and public records laws. The meeting was entertaining, in its own way.
How to watch to OneOhio Recovery Foundation meeting online
The OneOhio Recovery Foundation, a government board that controls 55% of Ohio’s $1 billion opioid settlement, meets today at noon. You can attend in person or online.
No talking: Opioid settlement board to let public watch meeting but not speak to board
The OneOhio opioid settlement board will meet again Wednesday. The board has decided “voluntarily” to let the public silently watch — but not speak. This is what stigma looks like — a belief that people touched by opioids are not worth listening because government knows best. This is no way to spend $1 billion.
Harm Reduction Ohio files suit against Ohio’s opioid settlement board for acting in secrecy
The OneOhio Recovery Foundation, a state board that will spend 55% of Ohio’s $1 billion opioid settlement, claims it is exempt from open meetings and public records law. Harm Reduction Ohio disagrees, saying $500 million+ in opioid settlement money can’t be spent in secret.
Ohio’s State Opioid Response grant: the $97.4 million plan for 2023
The new federal State Opioid Response grant will pay Ohio $97.4 million annually over the next two years. We provide Ohio’s spending for you to read.
What naloxone price cuts mean for preventing overdose deaths
A revolution in naloxone distribution may be near. Big drops in the cost of naloxone will let the state to redirect millions of dollars to improving how naloxone is delivered and overdoses are prevented. We discuss what generic naloxone nasal spray means for the future of naloxone distribution in Ohio.
Nitazene opioids in Ohio’s Drug Supply: How big a problem?
Nitazenes, a class of opioids created in the 1950s, have become more common in Ohio. However, the drugs, which come mostly from Eastern Europe, remain relatively rare and have not caused a noticeable change in overdose death. In Ohio, fentanyl and its analogs remain the overwhelming drivers of overdose death, especially among people who use cocaine and meth.
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