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Hall OT, Hall OE, Kolodny A, Teater J, McGrath RP. Assessment of Excess Mortality Associated With Drug Overdose in Ohio From 2009 to 2018. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(4):e202183. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.2183
Despite sustained efforts to reduce drug overdose mortality, drug overdoses continue to be an issue of significant concern in the US.1 The state of Ohio has the second highest incidence of fatal drug overdose; therefore, Ohio remains an important bellwether of this evolving national issue.2 A 2019 study3 reported that more than 500 000 years of life were lost to opioid overdose in Ohio from 2010 to 2016 and that opioid overdose had a measurable effect on life span in the state. However, more work is needed to contextualize these opioid deaths within the broader context of drug misuse and overdose and in relation to other leading causes of mortality. This study builds on our 2019 report3 of overdose mortality burden in Ohio to provide such context.4
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