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Ohio’s opioid epidemic has continued to evolve to stronger drugs, driving an increase in unintentional overdose deaths. The data shows a significant increase in overdose deaths involving the opioid fentanyl and the emergence of more powerful fentanyl-related drugs like carfentanil.

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We can see the demographics most affected by this epidemic are in the age groups of 20-34 and 45-64. People unintentionally dying of an opioid overdose are 67.2% male, 91.2% white, and 55.7% live in an urban environment.

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Unintentional fatal drug overdoses cost Ohioans $2.0 billion in 2012 in medical and work loss costs; while non-fatal, hospital-admitted drug poisonings cost an additional $39.1 million. The total cost equaled an average of $5.4 million each day in medical and work loss costs in Ohio.

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Navigating this Map

On this map you will see 5 attributes being highlighted (Population, Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths in 2010, Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths in 2015, High School Diploma or higher, & BA Degree’s or higher). If you wish to highlight a particular attribute, simply click on the ‘Auto Style’ button on the top right corner of the graphs below the map. If you wish to see how specific attributes compare to each other, click anywhere on one of the bar graphs and drag your mouse to highlight specific data. If you wish to see the numbers for your county, simply click on your county on the map.