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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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1joemamma(61 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

cool less A-HOLES left in the world. keep it the good work!

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2DontBanThisDrone(469 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

This is happening everywhere, not just Ohio.

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


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3Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

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

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4weezle813(14 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

i admit there is an epidemic but holy crap to label it " Unintentional heroin-overdose" is like saying is was an accidential suicide. as far as thembeing A-holes as they are being labeled unfortunately that is not true yes is a drug and terrorizes lives but here in lies the problem on a bigger spectrum the lack of compassion for your fellow man just label them and toss them aside,

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5tnmartin(247 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

think of it as evolution in action.

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6Ytownnative(1048 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

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

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