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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.
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.
Racial gap flipped from white to black in 2019 Became more extreme in 2020 About 800 Black Ohio residents died of drug overdoses, shattering the previous record of 651 deaths in 2019. By contrast, overdose deaths for White residents increased from last year but...
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