Report shows drug overdoses still leading cause of accidental deaths in Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio Department of Health recently released a statement saying fatal drug overdoses still surpass car crashes as the leading cause of accidental deaths in the state.

Three people die each day in Ohio because of drug-related poisoning. In 1999, Ohio saw 327 unintentional drug overdoses, but that number increased by 413 percent (1,351 deaths) in 2007, when unintentional drug poisoning became the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, according to a report sent out by previous Gov. Strickland's Task Force Report.

Ohio reached an all-time low when it saw more drug-related deaths in 2008 and 2009 than the amount of those who died in the World Trade Center attack, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The ODH said the drug of choice for most of the addicts that results in the majority of accidental deaths is heroin. A staggering amount of addicts using heroin and other opiates are now seeking help, a number that rose by 300 percent since 2000.

A statement released by the National Drug Intelligence Center voiced that Mexican heroin availability and abuse are increasing in Ohio due to the expanding distribution of the drug, resulting to decreased wholesale prices and nearly 50 percent increase in heroin-related admissions to publicly funded treatment facilities in 2005 and 2009.

Actually, the cost to the public has been cumbersome. From 2004 to 2007, Ohio citizens paid $3.6 billion due to unintentional fatal poisoning and $35.5 million for hospital-admitted non-fatal overdoses.

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