New Report: Drug Deaths in OH are Rising Faster than Ever Before

New Report: Drug Deaths in OH are Rising Faster than Ever Before

New data from hundreds of health organizations shows an astounding increase in the number of drug-related deaths in 2017. For the first time, “Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50,” due to the ongoing opioid crisis. According to the New York Times, 59,000–69,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016; an unprecedented annual jump. Additional data shows that this trend is worsening in 2017.

The hardest hit areas include states like Maryland, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maine, and Ohio. The article goes on to say, “In Ohio, which filed a lawsuit last week accusing five drug companies of abetting the opioid epidemic, we estimate overdose deaths increased by more than 25 percent in 2016.

While other states along the rust belt have experienced similar problems to Ohio, the drug epidemic is particularly prominent because economic gains after the 2008 recession have been meager. The problem has become so widespread, morgues are running out of space for the deceased. “Summit County had 312 drug deaths – a 46 percent increase from 2015 and more than triple the 99 cases that went through the medical examiner’s office just two years before,” the New York Times reports.

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