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Overdose Deaths Soar in Ohio At 3x National Rate

As the 2017 data is compiled and finalized, the surge in overdose deaths in Ohio is staggering.

As reported by The Times Reporter, the state’s opioid crisis continued to explode, with 5,232 Ohio overdose deaths in the 12 months ending June 31, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Ohio’s drug overdose deaths rose 39 percent — the third-largest increase among the states — between mid-2016 and mid-2017, according to new federal figures.

The state’s opioid crisis continued to explode, with 5,232 Ohio overdose deaths in the 12 months ending June 31, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

The death toll increased by 1,469 or 39 percent, which trailed only the 43.4-percent hike in Pennsylvania and 39.4-percent increase recorded in Florida. Ohio’s total number of dead also only fell behind Florida (5,540) and Pennsylvania (5,443).

The escalation of drug deaths in Ohio was nearly three times the 14.4-percent increase in deaths nationally, which grew to 66,972 across the U.S., according to provisional numbers.

The federal report noted that the 5,232 drug OD deaths in Ohio accounted for 4.3 percent of all deaths in the state and warned the numbers likely are under reported due to incomplete reporting.

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To read more about Ohio’s exploding overdose crisis, please visit The Times Reporter.

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