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 from drug overdoses in 2020. (Overdose deaths in 2021 are on track to be about the same, perhaps a little higher.)

Despite the reporting lag, the report is well-worth your time to read closely. It provides many interesting details and does so with excellent clarity helpful graphics.  You’ll see, for example, how cocaine-fentanyl and meth(psychostimulants)-fentanyl overdoses are driving overdose death in Ohio. The state has done an important and well-done 2020 report, albeit its release in the year 2022.

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