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More than 1,000 Ohio residents died in 2020 from methamphetamine-related drug overdoses — and 80% of those deaths involved fentanyl or a fentanyl analog. Why is this happening? What can be done to reduce this death on a mass scale?
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.
We profile Ray and Ryan, two fathers whose life could have been saved by naloxone. Please carry Narcan. Be prepared to save a life.
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.
Total overdose deaths appear to have fallen below 400 a month in the second half of 2020. That’s still a horrific level but below the historic level of overdose deaths suffered in May (500+), June (400+) and July (400+).
See how big a problem overdose death is in your county. Death rates for all Ohio counties shown.
A lot less than you think.
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