Ohio sees 26% increase in fatal drug overdoses

BY: - November 30, 2021

The latest overdose data released last week by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that overdose deaths that had flattened out starting in 2017 are once again on the rise. Ohio went from 4,410 overdoses last year to 5,585 this year according to the CDC numbers, an increase of 26.6%. In his […]

CDC: Ohio’s opioid epidemic cost $72 billion in 2017

BY: - May 17, 2021

Ohio’s opioid epidemic caused an economic loss of more than $72 billion in 2017, the second most per capita of any other state in the U.S., according to CDC research. The figure, published in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, is a sum of direct costs (health care, substance use disorder treatment, criminal justice […]

States will be able to use federal opioid money to also combat meth, cocaine

BY: - December 27, 2019

Federal grant money awarded to states to combat the opioid epidemic can also be used to address rising methamphetamine and cocaine use, according to language included in the final 2020 federal funding package. The Combating Meth & Cocaine Act was introduced by Ohio U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, and comes as law enforcement officials around […]