Ohio Health Department issues drug overdose deaths breakdown

An Ohio Department of Health (ODH) detailing 2018 unintentional drug overdose deaths revealed 3,764 Ohioans died from such occurrences while noting the number and rate varied by demographic factors.

The work involved analyzing deaths by county size and type based on National Center for Health Statistics-developed classifications categorizing counties from the most urban to the most rural.

ODH officials said the breakdown showed while large central metro counties had the highest number of unintentional drug overdose deaths, small metro counties had the highest rate of unintentional drug overdose deaths. An overdose death rate refers to the number of overdose deaths per 100,000 population. Illicit fentanyl was involved in the majority of overdose deaths among all county groupings, ranging from 78.8 percent in large central metro counties to 53.4 percent in noncore counties. The combination of fentanyl and cocaine was involved in the highest percentage of deaths for all county groupings with the exception of micropolitan and noncore counties.

With regard to micropolitan and noncore counties, the report maintained the combinations of fentanyl and psychostimulants
and fentanyl and heroin had the highest percentage of deaths.

More information and available resources on where to get help for a substance use disorder can be found at RecoveryOhio.gov.

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