Ohio Ranked 12th For Opioid Prescriptions

Jul 3, 2014

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control says Ohio doctors prescribe painkillers at high rates.

100 opioid painkiller prescriptions are written for every 100 Ohio residents, ranking the state 12th in the nation. The CDC is calling for better tracking and regulation of prescriptions for controlled substances. Drug overdoses have replaced vehicle crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio. Judges, county officials, law enforcement officers and others met in Columbus this week to try to deal with Ohio's growing opioid addiction problem.