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What is the Drug Situation in Ohio?

From city centers to the suburbs and rural communities, Ohio’s drug epidemic is raging. Ohio places 8th out of the 50 states for highest drug-induced deaths in the U.S., and heroin is one of the biggest contributors to the death toll in The Buckeye State.

Like many other states facing the heroin epidemic, Ohio residents become addicted to pain pills, but when they can no longer sustain the addiction due to high costs, they turn to a cheaper and more widely available substance – heroin. Marijuana continued to be a primary drug problem in the Cincinnati region in 2013, as it was both widely available and used.

Quick Facts on Substance Abuse Issues in Ohio

  • Unintentional drug overdose continues to be the leading cause of injury-related death in Ohio, ahead of motor vehicle traffic crashes, suicide and falls.
  • Opioids (prescription and heroin) remain the driving factor behind the state’s unintentional drug overdose epidemic with nearly six Ohioans having died every day from unintentional drug overdose in 2013.
  • At the end of 2014, addiction to painkillers in Ohio was described as being on par with alcoholism. Of more than 87,000 clients treated for addiction, 33 percent received alcohol addiction services and 32 percent received opiate addiction services in fiscal 2013.
  • Some prescription opioids remain highly available but not preferred because many of these pills were re-formulated with abuse-deterrents that make them more difficult to inject. Poison control center data showed that hydrocodone and oxycodone pharmaceutical products were more likely to be abused than other opiates/opioids available.
  • Slightly more than one-half of Ohio’s drug treatment admissions for opioids are female, and more than 65 percent are between the ages of 18 and 34.
  • Methamphetamine abuse indicators in the Cincinnati area and in the State of Ohio previously have been recorded as being low, but they began to show some increase in 2013 from previous years.
  • The typical methamphetamine user in Ohio is described as 20-40, of lower socioeconomic level, rural, male and employed working long hours. Using alcohol with meth is reportedly a popular mix.
  • While cocaine indicators had been declining from 2008 through 2012, there were some increases in indicators in 2013 that may indicate a resurgence of this drug in the region. Crack cocaine remains highly available throughout Ohio.
  • Columbus officials note that crack cocaine is gaining popularity among younger people due to an increase in users combining crack cocaine with heroin.
  • While Ohio has not joined in as a medical marijuana state, there is a growing impact as a result of legislation in other States influencing the trafficking of marijuana across the state.
  • About 20 percent of Ohioans age 21 and over engage in binge drinking, or drinking to intoxication in a short period of time. Ohio’s rate is about two percentage points higher than the national rate and ranks the Buckeye State among the bottom half of all 50 states for binge-drinking, which is defined as males having five or more drinks and females having four or more drinks in less than two hours.

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