COLUMBUS –The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has released a new report analyzing the 2018 unintentional drug overdose deaths. ODH analyzed deaths by county size and type based on classifications developed by the National Center for Health Statistics to classify counties from the most urban to the most rural.
Pickaway County increased the amount of Overdose deaths in 2018 to 20 from 17 in 2017. Ross county also increased to 37 in 2018 from 29 in 2017.
Both Fayette County and Fairfield county showed decreases Fayette from 26 in 2017 to only 8 in 2018, and Fairfield 25 in 2018 from in 2017 43. Both significantly reduced.
- In 2018, 3,764 Ohioans died from unintentional drug overdoses. The number and rate of unintentional drug overdose deaths varied considerably by demographic factors, including county/region of residence. This is reduced from 4,854 deaths in 2017.
- While large central metro counties had the highest number of unintentional drug overdose deaths, small metro counties had the highest rate of unintentional drug overdose deaths. An overdose death rate refers to the number of overdose deaths per 100,000 population.
- All county groupings saw decreases in the number of unintentional drug overdose deaths with the exception of mostly rural noncore* counties, which had a slight increase in deaths.
- Illicit fentanyl was involved in the majority of overdose deaths among all county groupings, ranging from 78.8% in large central metro counties to 53.4% in noncore counties.
- When considering combinations of fentanyl and other drug categories, the combination of fentanyl and cocaine was involved in the highest percentage of deaths for all county groupings with the exception of micropolitan* and noncore counties. For micropolitan and noncore counties, the combinations of fentanyl and psychostimulants (e.g. methamphetamines) and fentanyl and heroin had the highest percentage of deaths.
Information and resources on where to get help for a substance use disorder are available at RecoveryOhio.gov.
To read the full breakdown report click here: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/wcm/connect/gov/85194270-e6a7-49c4-aacb-bcfa8f62c558/2018_Ohio+Drug+Overdose_Geographic+Summary.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CONVERT_TO=url&CACHEID=ROOTWORKSPACE.Z18_M1HGGIK0N0JO00QO9DDDDM3000-85194270-e6a7-49c4-aacb-bcfa8f62c558-n1ERQ5G
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