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    Source of Opiates
    Jon Mankowski, MSW,LCSW |
    Are we discussing prescription or illegal opiates? Interestingly, according to the CDC, the rate of overdose and death continues to rise despite the reduction of available prescription opiates .
    Research Letter
    Substance Use and Addiction
    April 7, 2020

    Assessment of Excess Mortality Associated With Drug Overdose in Ohio From 2009 to 2018

    Author Affiliations
    • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus
    • 2College of Health Sciences and Professions, Ohio University, Athens
    • 3Opioid Policy Research Collaborative, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
    • 4Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo
    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