A sobering statistic surprises no one close to the opioid epidemic in the Buckeye State: Ohio is ground-zero in total opioid overdose deaths nationwide, according to a recent report.
Ohio also had the most deaths related to heroin and synthetic opioids: 1 in 9 heroin deaths and 1 in 14 synthetic opioid deaths in the country happened here.
According to state-by-state statistics compiled by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2,106 opioid overdoses were reported in Ohio in 2014, or 7.4 percent of the 28,647 deaths reported nationwide that year. California ranked second with 2,024 deaths and New York third at 1,739.
And Ohio is likely to continue on top. In 2015, drug overdoses claimed the lives of a record 3,050 Ohioans, according to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. That’s eight people per day.