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From Punishment to Public Health: Embracing Evidence-Based Solutions to Ending the Opioid Overdose Crisis

September 17, 2018 | Events

From Punishment to Public Health: Embracing Evidence-Based Solutions to Ending the Opioid Overdose Crisis

September 27-28

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Over the last decade, the United States has found itself in the middle of a drug overdose crisis. Provisional data for 2016 put the number of overdose fatalities at over 64,000—a staggering 22 percent increase from the year before. And the state of Ohio is at the epicenter. In 2016, Ohio ranked second in the nation in drug overdose death rates (at 39.1 per 100,000) and third in the nation in total number of deaths (4,329), which translates into nearly 12 citizens losing their lives to a drug overdose each day.

This conference will explore the impact of criminal justice laws and policies in compounding drug use harms, including overdose deaths, and offer an alternative framework for addressing problematic drug use and drug-related fatalities that is rooted in evidence, compassion, and the principles of harm reduction.

Conference organizers:
  • Drug Policy Alliance
  • Harm Reduction Ohio
  • Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, The Ohio State University
  • Harm Reduction Coalition
  • ACLU Ohio
  • College of Public Health, The Ohio State University