Unintentional drug overdoses caused the deaths of 2,482 Ohio residents in 2014, as compared to 2,110 in 2013. This is the highest number of deaths on record from drug overdose and reflects a 17.6 percent increase compared to 2013. Based on law enforcement drug seizures, Ohio has seen a major increase in drug reports involving fentanyl, a more lethal opiate that is 30 to 50 times for potent than heroin.
Key to reversing this trend is reducing the abuse of opiate prescriptions. The number of opioid doses dispensed to Ohio patients decreased by almost 42 million from 2012 to 2014. The state has increased funding to make Naxolone, a drug that reserves the effects of overdose, more available to those who need it. Ohio has modernized the way our drug courts function to help those who have made a mistake get back on their feet. To learn about additional plans to continue the fight against opiate abuse, see Continuing the Fight .