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 2015. In 2016, Ohio ranked second in the nation in drug overdose death rates, losing nearly 12 citizens 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. It will offer an alternative framework for addressing problematic drug use and drug-related fatalities rooted in evidence, compassion, and the principles of harm reduction.
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