Overdose death falls to 9-year low in Ohio as fentanyl’s presence in drugs ebbs

Fentanyl’s presence in Ohio’s drug supply has plummeted to the lowest level in many years. Overdose death has fallen along with fentanyl’s decline. To whom do we owe this unexpected development? The Sinaloa Cartel branch run by El Chapo’s family. They’ve quit the fentanyl business — at least temporarily — for reasons that aren’t clear.

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Ohio’s historic decline in overdose deaths — reported by week

Ohio hasn’t had a weekly increase in overdose death since August 2023. Early mortality data points to a year-over-year drop in overdose death approaching 50%. This quick and unexpected decline is likely the result of one branch of the Sinaloa drug cartel leaving the fentanyl business.

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Drop in overdose death continues in 2024 — and grows larger

Overdose deaths in Ohio appear to have fallen more than 30% in the first two months of 2024, continuing a decline that began in the second half of 2023. Overdose deaths have now returned to their pre-Covid level. A decline in fentanyl in the drug supply is the primary reason for the decline.

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Ohio Overdose Deaths Unexpectedly Fall by 25%

Overdose death in Ohio has fallen sharply in recent month because of a decline in fentanyl in Ohio’s drug supply. The decrease in fentanyl’s presence appears tied to a decision by a branch of the Sinaloa cartel to stop producing and exporting fentanyl. Whether the decline in fentanyl and overdose death will hold is unknown.

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