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November 17, 2021

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

Isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic and drugs laced with a potent opioid pushed overdose deaths to new heights, public health officials say.
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May 20, 2021

Opinion: Pandemic created perfect storm for addiction to flourish

As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on all of our lives, it has become clear that the impact of the pandemic has not been felt equally. It’s an understatement to say that the past 14 months have been the most challenging for many people in our lifetimes.
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April 20, 2021

Personal, public moves needed to end opiate surge

Though overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed 19,000 Ohioans and infected more than 1 million others over the past 15 months, a simultaneous and relentless epidemic refuses to loosen its monstrous grip on our state and nation.
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March 15, 2021

Lawmakers, Montgomery County leaders working to combat opioid epidemic

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Opioid deaths in Ohio are at a ten-year high, and experts in Montgomery County say the rise in stress, isolation and economic disruption may be attributed to the coronavirus pandemic.
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February 22, 2021

Overdoses worse than ever before

If the COVID-19 pandemic has made you feel as though the virus is the overwhelming challenge for Ohio, you are not alone.
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January 5, 2021

Southeast Ohio agencies collaborate to fight opioid epidemic amidst pandemic

HOCKING COUNTY, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — Ohio continues to experience an uptick in drug overdose deaths, now fighting an opioid epidemic on top of the ongoing pandemic. Agencies in southeast Ohio are teaming up to make recovery possible despite the challenges.
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December 29, 2020

Ohio Drug Overdose Deaths Spike During Pandemic

OHIO — The state documented a high number of drug overdose deaths in the first half of 2020, outpacing 2019 by nearly 20%. That's according to a new report from Harm Reduction Ohio, a Granville-based nonprofit which consists of a group of epidemiologists and other health professionals.
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December 21, 2020

Advice on how to identify opioid abuse, talk to friends about mental health

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sadly, opioid overdose deaths have increased dramatically during the coronavirus pandemic. The Franklin County coroner reported a 73.4% increase in opioid overdose deaths between January and June 2020. In fact, drug overdoses killed more Ohioans in May than in any month during the last 14 years.
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