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Local overdoses on par with climbing national data


Accidental drug overdoses are a prevailing problem statewide, according to a recent report issued by the Ohio Department of Health.

Locally, such overdoses have trended slightly behind the state average, but are starting to catch up, local records show.

According to Logan County death records, there were eight accidental drug overdoses recorded in 2012, and one official accidental overdose so far in 2013.

Of those accidental overdoses, four death records specifically listed heroin as a contributing factor. Others listed “multiple drug intoxication,” as a cause of death. Popular prescription narcotics including morphine and oxycodone also appear as a contributing factor in at least one accidental overdose.

There were five drug overdoses in 2011, all of which were listed as suicides.

A report issued April 26 by the ODH based on 2011 data calls the increase in drug overdoses a “public health crisis,” reporting a 440 percent increase in unintentional drug overdoses since 1999 when 327 accidental overdoses were recorded. That number swelled to 1,765 by 2011, according to ODH figures.

“Unintentional drug overdose continues to be the leading cause of injury-related deaths in Ohio, ahead of motor vehicle traffic crashes, suicide and falls.” the ODH report reads. “This trend began in 2007 and continues through 2011.”

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