Ohio Reports 1765 Deaths Resulting from Accidental Overdose
Updated: Tuesday, April 30 2013, 03:11 PM EDT
COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Department of Health and Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services crunched the numbers; the rate of fatalities resulting from prescription drugs is up.
The report states in 2011, 1,765 people died as a result of an accidental drug overdose. In comparison, 555 deaths were reported in 2001.
The numbers are broken down by county; showing a high percentage of drug usage in central and southern Ohio. Scioto County showed the highest concentration.
In Franklin County, 209 unintentional drug overdose deaths were reported.
"We are encouraged that the rate of increase is going down but the number is still unacceptably high," said Orman Hall, Director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services.
A major reason for the sharp increase in overdoses over the past decade is pinned on prescription drug abuse however, heroin has also made a resurgence.
"As pill mills become increasingly scarce, we will see a shift to heroin and other non-prescription drugs so our interventions must be comprehensive and well-supported as we move forward."
The Department of Health and Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services concluded that funding for treatment has fallen short as one of ten Ohioans with addiction are able to access the care they need.
Reporter: Shawn Kline