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Cuyahoga County Opiate Collaborative

RX Drug Drop Box ProgramUnintentional drug overdoses caused 1,544 deaths to Ohio residents in 2010. This is the highest number of deaths on record for drug overdose and surpasses the previous highest number (1,475) in 2008 by 5 percent. The number of drug overdoses deaths in Ohio has increased 372 % between 1999-2010


National Data

  • Nearly three out of four prescription drug overdoses are caused by prescription painkillers—also called opioid pain relievers
  • These drugs were involved in 14,800 overdose deaths in 2008, more than cocaine and heroin combined.
  • In 2008, more than 36,000 people died from drug overdoses, and most of these deaths were caused by prescription drugs.

 

National Data

  •  These drugs were involved in 14,800 overdose deaths in 2008, more than cocaine and heroin combined.
  • Nearly three out of four prescription drug overdoses are caused by prescription painkillers—also called opioid pain relievers