The Ohio Department of health published a new study outlining the impact of the Morphine epidemic in Ohio.
Most alarming, the Ohio Department of health announced that in 2014, unintentional overdose deaths from Fentanyl rose from 84 to 502. Fentanyl is a powerful opiate used for surgery and treating severe pain.
Other highlights from the report:
- Counties with the most fentanyl-related overdose deaths were Hamilton (80), Montgomery (70), Summit (53), Butler (49), Cuyahoga (32), Stark (21), Clermont (22), and Lucas (20).
- Drug users may not know when illicit fentanyl has been combined with other commonly abused drugs, such as heroin, which may have contributed to the rise in unintentional drug overdose deaths.
- Opioids (prescription, fentanyl and heroin) remained the driving factor behind unintentional drug overdoses in Ohio. In 2014, 1,988 (80.1 percent) of drug overdoses involved any opioid, compared to 1,539 (72.9 percent) in 2013.
- Heroin-related deaths accounted for 1,177 (47.4 percent) of unintentional drug overdose deaths in 2014, compared to 983 (46.6 percent) in 2013.
- Prescription opioid-related deaths accounted for 1,155 (46.5 percent) of unintentional drug overdose deaths in 2014, compared to 726 (34.4 percent) in 2013. Fentanyl-related drug overdose deaths are categorized as prescription opiate deaths, a contributing factor to the increase.
- Multiple drug use was the single-largest contributor to unintentional drug overdoses. In 2014, 59 percent of overdose deaths (where the number of drugs was specified) involved more than one drug.
- Ohio’s death rate from unintentional drug overdoses in 2014 was 21.4 per 100,000 persons, compared to 18.2 in 2013.
We have a link to the full report here