Harm Reduction Ohio provides a factual answer
The data show that fentanyl infestation in our state’s drug supply reached record levels in in 2020 and 2021. The increase in fentanyl explains why overdose death is at record levels in 2020 and 2021. As Harm Reduction Ohio readers know, Ohio has average levels of drug use, but an extraordinarily high levels of drug death because our drug supply is among the most dangerous in the nation. In other words, adulteration trends — not our level of drug use — is what drives our state’s overdose death epidemic.
The following charts reflect the results of 250,000+ gas chromatography-mass spectrometry lab tests conducted from January 1, 2014 through August 3, 2021. We thank BCI for providing us this important data.