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Total deaths in Ohio soared to unprecedented levels in November and December 2020 and for the year as a whole. The COVID-19 pandemic has equaled or exceeded predictions for the possible death toll. Are things getting better? Not yet.
Here are the most recent numbers of confirmed overdoses in Ohio. It appears overdose death has fallen slightly from the historically horrific levels of May, June and July. However, the pace of death remains extraordinarily high and, as a whole, 2020 will be either the deadliest of second deadliest year in Ohio history.
Ohio residents use drugs at average levels when compared to other states. However, we die at extraordinarily high rates. Drug use is not our problem. Worst-in-the-nation adulteration of our illegal drug supply is.
The death toll, direct and indirect, from coronavirus will be higher than current estimates. How do we know? 2020 has been, by far, the deadliest year in Ohio history.
Scioto County (Portsmouth) has Ohio’s highest overdose death rate in 2020. Franklin County (Columbus) has reported the most overdose deaths. Two counties have not reported any 2020 overdose deaths. See where your county ranks.
The latest drug use data is out for Ohio. Our state is greener than ever! It’s past time for Ohio to stop criminalizing a plant and arresting people.
A lot less than you think.
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