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Ohio Drug Statistics and Facts

  • Cocaine, Marijuana, and Heroin are the most widely accessible and abused illegal drugs in Ohio, according to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
  • Heroin availability has increased in the Ohio region because of an increased supply of Mexican Heroin. Increased heroin trafficking has resulted in a rise, in Heroin abuse and heroin-related crime, leading law enforcement agencies to identify Heroin as the greatest drug threat in the region.
  • According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there were 110,851 admissions to Ohio alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs in 2009.
  • Of the 110,851 persons admitted, the primary abused substance was Marijuana, followed by alcohol with a secondary drug, than alcohol alone. 62.6 percent of all those admitted were men and 37.4 percent were women.
  • Over half of the drug rehabilitation centers in Ohio offer substance abuse services alone, while 32 percent of Ohio drug rehabs offer a variety of substance abuse treatment and mental health services.
  • In 2007, accidental drug poisoning became the leading cause of injury death in Ohio, surpassing car crashes for the 1st time on record. This trend continued in 2010.
  • Between 2003 and 2006, 96 percent of all accidental poisoning deaths in Ohio were due to medications/drugs. While the nation has seen an increase in accidental drug poisoning deaths double between 1999 and 2006, the percentage in Ohio has more than tripled.
  • From 1999 to 2010, Ohios death rate due to accidental drug poisonings increased 372%, and the increase in deaths has been driven largely by prescription drug overdoses.
  • In Ohio, the rates of alcohol abuse/addiction and drug/alcohol addiction were much the same between males and females; 38,000 males and 42,000 females abused were addicted on or abused alcohol or drugs in the last year.
  • Controlled prescription drug availability and abuse are increasing in the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area region (HIDTA), particularly the abuse of prescription Opioids, contributing to increased drug overdose deaths in Ohio.
  • In 2009, 20,941 Ohio residents were admitted for primary alcohol abuse with an additional 21,896 people that suffered from alcohol addiction combined with a secondary substance.
  • There were 8,424 Ohio residents admitted to drug treatment for smoking Cocaine, with an additional 2,009 people admitted for treatment for using Cocaine other than smoking it.
  • In Ohio, there were 327 fatal accidental drug overdoses in 1999 growing to 1,544 yearly deaths in 2010.
  • On average about 4 people died every day in Ohio due to drug overdose.
  • Methadone continues to contribute to Ohios prescription drug overdose epidemic. Accidental overdoses involving Methadone in Ohio increased from 3% (14 deaths) in 2000 to a high of 14% in 2005 (144 deaths).
  • According to the combined 20032006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 101,000 (10.3%) of the 981,000 adolescents in Ohio used an illegal drug in the past month; 74,000 (7.5%) used Marijuana, and 48,000 (4.9%) used an illegal drug other than Marijuana
  • Most recently in 2010, Methadone was involved in a substantial, 1 in 10, (10 percent), accidental overdoses or 155 deaths, in Ohio.
  • Contributing to deaths, cumulative retail distribution of Methadone in Ohio also increased dramatically (882%) over the past decade from 39 kg in 2000 to a high of 383 kg in 2010.
  • In Ohio, 33,000 adolescent males and 38,000 adolescent females used painkillers nonmedically in the 12 months prior to the interview.
  • Prescription drug abuse in Ohio is a serious and growing threat. The most commonly abused prescription drug in Ohio is OxyContin. In 2009, there were 7,328 persons admitted for Opiate addiction treatment, not including Heroin.