Overdose deaths continue modest decline in Ohio

Overdose deaths in Ohio appear to have declined modestly but steadily over the last six months. The reasons aren’t clear, but some evidence points to expanded naloxone distribution as a possible reason. Still, death rates remain catastrophically high and appear better only when compared to unprecedented levels of overdose deaths that occurred early in the Covid pandemic,

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Overdose deaths of Black Ohioans soar; deaths of White residents decline

Black residents have suffered higher overdose death rates since late 2018, and the racial gap in overdose death has grown more extreme with each passing year. The OneOhio Recovery Board, which will spend most of Ohio’s $1 billion opioid settlement, met for the first time last week. All 27 people in the room were White. Ohio, we have a problem.

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Overdose deaths in Ohio decline over six months from record level

Overdose death remain at horrific levels, but preliminary data show a measurable decline began last November. In the last six months, preliminary data show overdose deaths fell 6.5% versus the same period a year earlier. It’s hard to say why, but the state’s mammoth Narcan blitz last August and September appears to have played a role in the decline.

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OneOhio opioid settlement spending off to disastrous start

OneOhio, which will spend most of Ohio’s $1 bilion in opioid settlement money, held its first meeting today — and banned the public from attending. Read about OneOhio’s rocky start and how the impacted population has been almost entirely excluded from having influence in how the money will be spent.

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It’s official: Ohio suffers record level of overdose death in 2021

Today, the official overdose death count hit 5,083, passing the horrific record of 5,017 set just a year before. Another 100 or so deaths are yet to be added to the 2021 mortality data, so the final death toll will be about 5,200 Ohio residents dead from accidental drug overdoses. What’s caused this public health catastrophe? What can be done about it?

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Ohio overdose count for 2021 now exceeds 5,000, on way to a record loss of life

Ohio is on track to report 5,200+ overdose deaths in 2021, even worst than the record of 5,017 set in 2020. Twenty five counties have already confirmed record levels of overdose death in 2021; several counties are likely to join this sad list when all deaths are accounted for. Is the state prioritizing where death is worst in Ohio? This article will help you decide.

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Ohio drug use levels: Totally average

Ohio residents use drugs at slightly below the national average. The belief that high levels of drug use is the cause of Ohio’s high level of overdose death is false. What has Ohio done to turnj average levels of drug use into some of the nation’s highest overdose death rates?

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NEW REPORT: Ohio Overdose Deaths in 2021

Harm Reduction Ohio presents a decade of overdose death counts for all major drugs. The counts estimate the final count of overdose deaths for 2021 and connect the estimates to actual death counts from 2011 through 2022. The charts allow readers to understand the fast-changing nature of Ohio’s overdose death epidemic.

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Meth Overdose Deaths in Ohio Soar to Nearly 1,400 in 2021

Fentanyl-adulterated stimulants — both meth and cocaine — are driving overdose deaths to an unprecedented level in Ohio. We need to stop thinking we have an “opioid crisis.” We have an overdose epidemic and the cause is drug adulteration caused by the drug war.

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Overdose Death in Ohio: Where does your county rank?

Harm Reduction Ohio publishes a new list showing overdose death ranking for all 88 Ohio counties, from best to worst, for every year from 2017 through 2021. See where your county ranks. And how that has changed in the last five years.

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Ohio Department of Health Releases 2020 Overdose Death Report

The Ohio Department of Health released its overdose fatality report for 2020 today. Harm Reduction Ohio has already reported these numbers by drawing on the state's online mortality database. The report confirms, for example, that a record 5,017 Ohio residents died...

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The Road to Hell: What caused Ohio’s overdose epidemic?

Harm Reduction Ohio provides an in-depth look at the latest trends in our state’s overdose epidemic and asks: what caused the epidemic? Did the crackdown on prescription opioids, however well-intended, cause the overdose epidemic as we know it today?

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Ohio’s New Overdose Era: Adulterated stimulants

Meth and cocaine deaths are driving overdose death. Ohio has an overdose crisis, not an opioid problem.Ohio hasn't had an "opioid crisis" for many years. We have a drug adulteration crisis, and the people who are dying are increasing numbers are those who use meth and...

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Ohio’s Real Overdose Crisis: Fentanyl-adulterated stimulants

Meth and cocaine deaths soaring to record levels Stimulants contain fentanyl is driving overdose epidemic Confirmed overdose deaths in Ohio reached 3,269 today, a 5.5% increase over the number reported at the same time last year. It seems likely that, in 2021, Ohio...

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