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In 2017, the states with the highest rates of death due to drug overdose were West Virginia (57.8 per 100,000), Ohio (46.3 per 100,000), Pennsylvania (44.3 per 100,000), the District of Columbia (44.0 per 100,000), and Kentucky (37.2 per 100,000).

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In a grim statistic that surprises no one close to the problem, Ohio leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths, a new report shows.Along with the overall category, Ohio also had the country’s most deaths related to heroin: One in 9 heroin deaths across the U.S. happened in Ohio.

The Buckeye State also recorded the most deaths from synthetic opioids: About 1 in 14 U.S. deaths.

In all the categories, Ohio easily surpassed states with larger populations. According to state-by-state statistics compiled by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2,106 opioid overdoses were reported in Ohio in 2014, which was 7.4 percent of the 28,647 deaths reported nationwide that year. California ranked second with 2,024 deaths and New York was third with 1,739.

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With highest drug overdose rate in nation, Ohio ranks poorly for family prosperity, economy

In 2016, Ohio had the second highest overdose death rate in the country. In 2017, the highest. Its first place ranking, based on 2015 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, came from nearly 2,700 reported opioid-related overdose deaths; a 28 percent increase from 2014.

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Ohio second in nation in overdose deaths, Lucas County experts not surprised

Lucas County, Ohio (WNWO)-- The center for disease control showed more than 70,000 people died from an overdose in 2017. That's up ten percent from the year before. In Ohio, there's an average 14 deaths per day. It's a tragedy many clients of the Talbot Rehab Center in East Toledo experience on a daily basis.

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Toledo’s Battle with Heroin and Fentanyl: Where We Are Now

Heroin Addiction in Lucas County
 

Lucas County is the largest county in northwest Ohio, and in 2015, Lucas County had the state’s eighth highest number of unintentional fentanyl-related deaths.

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