Ohio has the highest number of opioid related deaths of any state in the United States at 3,310 for 2015. In 2007, opioids became the leading cause of injury death in the state surpassing motor vehicle crashes for the first time — it has remained that way ever since.
From 2000 to 2015, Ohio saw a 624% increase in the number of opioid related overdoses increasing from 411 in 2000 to over 3,000 in 2015. The Ohio Department of Health stated approximately 8 people die each day in the state due to opiate overdose – that is 1 person every 2 hours. Those statistics can be found in more detail here.
While heroin continues to be the leading cause in illegal drug overdoses, Montgomery County, where Dayton is, found that of the 100 overdose deaths recorded in January and February, only 3 people tested positive for heroin; 99 tested positive for fentanyl or an opiate analogue.
Ohio remains the worst offender in Opiate prescriptions, even after recording 81 million fewer opiates dispensed in the year 2015. In 2014, they recorded dispensing 96-143 prescriptions of opiates per 100 people, 3 times as many per person as the lowest offending state.
Prescription Drug Abuse Action Group
Because of the crises and its status as the worst opiate dispenser, Ohio has instituted a Prescription Drug Abuse Action Group, implemented the recommendations of the Ohio Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, and has issued Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for doctors in certain practice areas, yet numbers continue to climb with 4,149 related deaths in 2016 – a 39% increase from just the previous year.
If you have any questions or think you or your family has been effected by the over prescribing of prescription opioids resulting in death or injury, please call us at 866-599-2222 or 618-272-2222 in Illinois and at 314-542-2222 in Missouri.