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Fentanyl adulteration hits record level in Ohio, driving overdose deaths to unprecedented peak

Fentanyl adulteration hits record level in Ohio, driving overdose deaths to unprecedented peak

A new Harm Reduction Ohio analysis shows how fentanyl adulteration of drugs has grown sharply in Ohio over the last seven years. In 2020, Ohio’s drug supply was more adulterated than ever. Supply chain disruptions related to covid-19 are the likely cause of the increase in fentanyl frequency during 2020. The increase in fentanyl’s frequency will likely make 2020 the most horrific year ever for overdose deaths.

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Latest overdose death numbers: Another record set in October 2020

Latest overdose death numbers: Another record set in October 2020

The bad news continues. Overdose death has receded slightly since the record set in May 2020, but Ohio continues to suffer the worst monthly overdose death totals ever — and that’s saying something considering what our state has been through. It’s time for Ohio to adjust overdose prevention spending and policies.

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