Ohio had more than 4,000 overdose deaths in 2016
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.