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Ohio On Pace To Set Record For Opioid Overdose Deaths

May 29, 2017

A newspaper survey of Ohio county coroners has found more than 4 thousand people died from opioid overdoses last year.

The survey shows the state's 41 hundred unintentional fatal overdoses in 2016 are a 36 percent increase from the previous year. Last year's total is expected to increase as coroners tabulate final numbers.Ohio led the nation in fatal overdoses in 2014 and 2015. The increase is attributed to heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil. Cuyahoga County far outpaced the rest of the state.