Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Drug-overdosed bodies pile up in Ohio

Dayton, like Akron and most of the country, has a serious problem with drug overdoses.

Already this year the Montgomery County coroner in Dayton has handled 2,000 overdose autopsies. That’s more than in all of 2016.

12 of 13 bodies the coroner had Monday were overdoses.

Akron had 236 heroin overdoses in 3 weeks last July.

Stark County’s coroner had to get a cold storage vehicle to handle the overflow of drug overdose deaths.  So did Ashtabula and Cuyahoga counties.

Last year a record 3,050 Ohioans died from drug overdoses, most from heroin or pain-killers.

In 2015 the worst drug overdose death totals were in West Virginia, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Ohio and Rhode Island, in that order.

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