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Ohio’s New Overdose Rates Are Truly Insane

Driven by fentanyl, deaths jumped 33 percent in a single year

Thursday, August 31, 2017

by Mother Jones

Ohio has been among the states hardest hit by the opioid epidemic for years, but data released Wednesday from the state’s Department of Health makes clear that the problem is only worsening: between 2015 and 2016, overdose deaths rose by 33 percent. 

The epidemic’s ripple effects are manifold, straining morgues, emergency services, and foster care systems. Largely because of prevalent drug use and overdose, the state’s foster population grew by 10 percent between 2015 and 2016, to 15,000 children.