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 […]

Addiction kills thousands of Ohioans per year. COVID-19 is making things worse

BY: - September 30, 2020

As the new coronavirus began its march across the United States, Chief Tom Synan knew a “hurricane” was coming. The opioid epidemic was already killing hundreds of Ohioans every month. COVID-19, the isolation it spurred as Americans quarantined at home, and the economic devastation the disease would cause, was sure to worsen the addiction crisis. […]

Ohio overdoses increased 7% last year, CDC data says

BY: - July 16, 2020

CDC data indicates drug overdoses in Ohio increased last year, a painful reminder that COVID-19 is just one ongoing public health crisis in the U.S. Provisional data shows 4,280 Ohioans died of drug overdoses in 2019, up 7% from 2018. Nearly 3,500 of the deaths are attributable to opioids. Nationally, drug overdoses hit a record […]