Overdose deaths continue to climb in Ohio for ALL drug categories
Source: The Ohio Council
The Ohio Department of Health released the 2015 Ohio Drug Overdose Data in August. The data clearly shows an increase in deaths from heroin and fentanyl at unprecedented rates. Reports tout that the percentage of prescription opioid related deaths compared to all unintentional overdose deaths declined for the fourth year in a row. That sounds good until looking closer and realizing that the number of people dying from prescription opioid overdose isn’t a meaningful decline (only five fewer people died in 2015 than in 2014), but the total number of people overdosing is increasing - almost 200% in the past decade and 21% in the past year, an increase of over 500 people from 2014 to 2015.