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Mahoning County, state see rise in heroin-overdose deaths

Published: Fri, April 18, 2014 @ 7:42 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Unintentional heroin-overdose deaths have been skyrocketing recently, both in Mahoning County and statewide.

Unintentional prescription opioid overdose deaths, however, have declined in the county and statewide from 2011 to 2012, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

ODH did not have figures available for 2013.

Perhaps the most-shocking finding in the ODH report, issued Friday, was that reported heroin-overdose deaths in the county went from just one in 2011 to 23 in 2012.

In Mahoning, no heroin-overdose deaths were reported between 2000 and 2006, and there were none in 2010. There were three in 2007, two in 2008 and 11 in 2009.

Statewide, heroin overdose deaths have risen steadily from 117 in 2006 to 680 in 2012.

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1DontBanThisDrone(1046 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

This is happening everywhere, not just Ohio.

You don't get a second chance. BAM!...you're gone.


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2Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

More cover up for Boardman huh Mark??? That ok we know

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3tnmartin(522 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

think of it as evolution in action.

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4prodgodq(172 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

What we're seeing here is part of a national two year trend. The drug cartels are trying to "increase their customer base" by flooding the market with cheap heroin.

More high for the money.........

it's a complex issue, like most issues affecting our community. Should the people hooked on this stuff be cast aside? Absolutely not. But at the same time they have to take responsibility for the actions.
People make mistakes. They might go to a few parties where the stuff is, ignore the warnings they've heard, and that's it. Heroin addiction is one of the toughest to overcome, but the people who do it are a lot wiser for it. They in turn can help people who are currently hooked.

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5Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

they should take people caught using heroin and have them attend the autopsy. call it the Nostradamus program

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