Ohioans & Addiction Crisis
- Ohio averages 23 heroin deaths every week. Ohio also loses an average of 38 people every week due to opioid overdose. Put another way, Ohio loses nearly 7 people every day due to heroin and opioid-related deaths.
- Drug overdoses in Ohio have increased 419 percent in 10 years, from 296 to 1539.
- In Franklin County this year, the average age of those who died from a heroin overdose is 39 years old.
- The number of children services cases in Ohio opened because of heroin abuse has increased 83 percent between 2010 and 2013. In 2010, 9 percent of all Franklin County foster care cases were parents who were dealing with drug abuse issues. In 2014, that number had risen to 13 percent.
- The number of women in jails across the Ohio has increased nearly 50 percent between 2013 and 2014, with many sheriffs attributing the rise to heroin.
- The number of drug-dependent babies admitted to Nationwide Children’s Hospitals has increased 590% from 2005 – 2014. In 2014, there were 214 drug-addicted babies admitted locally.
- Doctors dispensed more than 750,630,661 doses of opioids in 2014. Abuse of opioids is considered by many to be a precursor to heroin use.
- Ohio patients who were prescribed opioids received on average 143 doses of the drug for a three-month period.Opioids are being dispensed at such a rate in Ohio that if spread out across the state each Ohioan would have been prescribed about 5 pills every month this year.
~ Source: WBNS 10TV – Heroin at Home