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The number of fatal unintentional drug overdoses in Ohio has increased at an alarming rate. The epidemic has spread everywhere, but is particularly pronounced in the southern counties of the state. Between 1999 and 2007, the number of fatal unintentional drug overdoses in Ohio increased from 1.9 deaths per 100,000 to 15.44 deaths per 100,000. This 372 percent increase has consisted largely of prescription drug overdoses.

From 2000 to 2006, the number of deaths as a result of drug overdose more than doubled nationally - from an average of 32 deaths per day to an average of 72 deaths per day. Ohio's death rate surpassed the national rate. Ohio's number of fatal unintentional overdoses grew from 1.9 to 11.9 deaths per 100,000 by 2006, compared to an increase of 4.0 to 8.8 deaths per 100,000 in the United States during that same time period.

In 2007, unintentional drug poisoning became the leading cause of injury death in Ohio, surpassing motor vehicle crashes for the first time on record. This trend has continued.

Prescription pain relievers have been associated with more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined from 2006 to 2009. The following include some of the most commonly misused or abused drugs:

  • Methadone
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Fentanyl
  • Diazepam

Drug overdoses are associated with high direct and indirect costs. Unintentional fatal drug poisonings cost Ohioans $3.5 billion on average each year, while non-fatal, hospital-admitted drug poisonings cost an additional $31.9 million. These costs include medical, work loss, and quality-of-life loss.

There are approximately one million Ohioans who need substance abuse treatment or prevention services. Only one in ten of the people in the state who need these services receive them through the publicly funded system. In the meanwhile, the state of Ohio is spending $5.4 billion a year, or $468 per Ohio resident, on untreated addiction-related costs in areas such as child welfare, adult corrections, and juvenile justice.

Unintentional drug overdoses is a serious matter that has led to many family tragedies and loss of loved ones. The notion of losing someone (whether it's a friend, a parent, a sibling, or a son or daughter) is an experience that nobody wants to endure. A Center For Addiction Recover has been dedicated for ever ten years in providing addiction treatment services and programs for thousands of families nation-wide, and has saved numerous lives as a result. Our mission is not only to treat individuals who suffer from various drug addictions, but also those who suffer from mental disorders such as ADD or ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Post traumatic Stress Disorder.

Reach out to us - our licensed therapists and certified counselors can help you. Our premier substance abuse treatment center provides unique programs to help patients recognize the origin of the problem that caused them to self-medicate. Learning how to deal with these problems results in facing situations, instead of avoiding them; this also reduces the chances of relapsing.

We hope our website, Addiction-Treatment-in-Ohio.com, will be supportive and helpful to all who are experiencing the pain and devastation of prescription drug addiction.

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