Overdose deaths in the U.S.
In 2016 across the U.S., there were approximately:
- 40,000 motor vehicle-related deaths
- 39,000 firearm-related deaths
- 64,000 drug overdose-related deaths
Between June 2016 – June 2017, drug overdoses killed more than 66,000 people in the U.S.
In 2017, drug overdose killed 72,000 people in the U.S.
Source: (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Overdose deaths in Ohio
More Ohioans died from opioid use disorders (OUD) than US Military in Iraqi Wars from 2003-2011 (over 5,000)
Overdose deaths in Ohio in 2017:
- Ohio had 1,540 cocaine-related overdose deaths, 74% had traces of Fentanyl and Carfentanil
- Ohio had 987 heroin-related overdose deaths, 73% had traces of Fentanyl and Carfentanil
In 2017, Ohio led the nation in overall drug related overdose deaths; the state is third in the nation in OUD overdose deaths.
2017 overdose deaths by Ohio county:
- Cuyahoga (including Cleveland): 598
- Montgomery (including Dayton): 521
- Hamilton (including Cincinnati): 444
- Franklin (including Columbus): 431
- Stark/Summit (including Canton/Akron): 330
- Butler (including Hamilton): 260
- Lucas (including Toledo): 153
Overdose deaths in Medina County
- 260 overdose cases were reported. 34 resulted in deaths.
- Wadsworth led the county with 69 overdoses resulting in seven deaths.
In the first five months of 2017:
- 128 drug overdoses cases were reported. 21 resulted in deaths.
- Note: summer months are normally the highest reported moths for overdose cases; the span of these five months did not include summer.
In 2015 and 2016, emergency rooms serving Medina County residents treated an estimated 537 drug overdoses, with a rate of 1.5 overdoses per 1,000 people in the county.
- In 2015, 31 overdose cases were heroin- or opioid-related
- In 2016, 67 overdose cases were heroin- or opioid-related
- This is a 116% increase over the span of one year.