In 2016, 4,050 Ohioans died because of unintentional drug overdoses, and preliminary 2017 data indicates that the number of deaths has continued to rise. The overview and project description for HPIO’s Addiction Evidence Project provides additional information about drug trends and the factors driving this epidemic.
The 2017 Ohio Health Issues Poll found that 27 percent of Ohio adults had a family member or friend who had problems as a result of using prescription pain drugs and 23 percent knew someone who had problems with heroin. The consequences of addiction are widespread. For example, the number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) increased 500 percent in the past ten years and thousands of children living in families struggling with addiction experience trauma.