Ohio overdose deaths surpass 5,000 in 12-month span

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Isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic and drugs laced with a potent opioid pushed overdose deaths to new heights, public health officials say.

In 2020, 5,018 Ohioans died from drug overdoses — the first time the figure exceeded 5,000, according to a report by the OHIO Alliance for Population Health using data from the Ohio Department of Health. Overdose deaths have increased 13-fold since 1999.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that overdose deaths across the United States surpassed 100,000 between May 2020 and April 2021. 

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