Ohio’s 2019 Official Overdose Statistics Just Released

As you may or may not know, The official statistics are delayed by 1 year so we just now got the Statistics for the year of 2019. The trend has continued and we are in some real trouble. Here are the Official Overdose Statistics for the state of Ohio in 2019

  • In 2007, unintentional drug poisoning became the leading cause of injury death in Ohio, surpassing motor vehicle crashes for the first time on record. This trend has continued through 2019.
  • In 2019:
    • 4,028 people died of unintentional drug overdoses, which was a 7% increase over 2018.
    • The unintentional drug overdose death rate for Black non-Hispanics (42.9 deaths per 100,000 population) surpassed the rate for white non-Hispanics (37.8 deaths per 100,000 population).
    • Black non-Hispanic males had the highest drug overdose death rate in Ohio compared with other sex and race/ethnicity groups.
    • Fentanyl was involved in 76% of overdose deaths in 2019, often in combination with other drugs. That percentage was up from 73% in 2018, 71% in 2017, and 58% in 2016.
    • Fentanyl was involved in 82% of all heroin-related overdose deaths, 77% of all cocaine-related overdose deaths, and 72% of all psychostimulant/methamphetamine-related overdose deaths. Carfentanil was involved in 508 fentanyl-related overdose deaths in 2019 compared with 75 in 2018.
    • Deaths related to psychostimulants increased 46.6% and surpassed the number of deaths related to heroin.
    • Deaths involving natural and semi-synthetic opioids (e.g., oxycodone) continued to decrease and contributed to 9% of overdose deaths in 2019 compared with a high of 29% in 2011.