Public Health releases overdose data

Narcan used to offset side effects of heroin overdose. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)
Narcan used to offset side effects of heroin overdose. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Public Health Department of Dayton and Montgomery County released data Friday on drug overdoses, and they say the number do not look good.

In two reports named Montgomery County Poisoning Death Review: 2010-2015 and Unintentional Drug Overdose Data Review, the Public Health Department says the data highlights “the continuing epidemic and devastated consequences of illegal drug use” in Montgomery County.

In 2015, the report shows, 259 people died in the county due to an unintentional overdose. This is lower than the 264 deaths in 2014.

Public Health highlighted some of the findings Friday:

  • In 2015, the four-year trend of high levels of unintentional drug overdose deaths involving heroin continued. In 2010, there were 39 overdose deaths involving heroin, but in 2015, the number of deaths increased to 107.
  • Illicit fentanyl continues to be a major contributor to unintentional overdose deaths in Montgomery County. In 2015, 41% of overdose deaths involved illicit fentanyl. There has been a 355-percent increase since 2013.
Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County
Public Health – Dayton and Montgomery County

You can find more information on the Public Health website.

2 NEWS has covered this issue extensively. You can see complete coverage of the heroin problem in the Miami Valley by clicking here.

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