Ohio had more than 4,000 over­dose deaths in 2016

Cape Breton Post - - World -

COLUM­BUS, Ohio — A news­pa­per sur­vey of Ohio county coro­ners has found more than 4,000 peo­ple died from drug over­doses last year in a state among the hard­est hit by a heroin and opi­oid epi­demic. The Colum­bus Dis­patch re­ports the state’s 4,149 un­in­ten­tional fa­tal over­doses in 2016 are a 36 per cent in­crease from the pre­vi­ous year when just over 3,000 deaths were re­ported.

The news­pa­per says Ohio led the na­tion in fa­tal over­doses in 2014 and 2015. The in­crease is be­ing at­trib­uted to heroin and the pow­er­ful syn­thetic opi­oids fen­tanyl and car­fen­tanil.

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