Ohio’s Opioid Crisis Continues to Escalate

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health today released figures showing that the state’s opioid epidemic is continuing to spiral out of control, with more than 4,000 Ohioans dying of drug overdoses in 2016 — a 33 percent increase over 2015.

“After nearly seven years of Republican control in Ohio, our state is going in the wrong direction on so many measures,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Today’s news that overdose deaths continued to accelerate last year is evidence that the Republican politicians in charge in Columbus — folks like Mike DeWine and Mary Taylor — aren’t getting the job done for Ohioans. We need a sense of urgency on this appalling crisis, starting with a surge in effective treatment all across the state.”