Ohio Opiate Addiction Treatment

Opiate addiction is a widespread public health issue in the state of Ohio. In fact, between 2000 and 2008, the number of overdose deaths that involved opiates rose by nearly 300 percent. Thankfully, for those suffering from this type of addiction, help is available.

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  • Someone who overdoses on an opioid should be rushed to the hospital immediately to receive a naloxone injection. However, even if a person does survive an opioid overdose, they may still experience brain damage from a lack of oxygen.
  • Unfortunately, the abuse of prescription opioids has become so severe that many individuals need to seek professional, inpatient addiction treatment just for this issue.
  • Someone in outpatient care for an opioid addiction, especially early on in their recovery, should always be monitored by a friend or family member while not in their treatment program.
  • According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Existing evidence of abuse prevention and treatment strategies are highly underutilized” when it comes to opioid recovery. As a result, many states are working harder to provide residents with additional treatment centers and services as well as with information about these programs.


  • Ohio’s rate of drug overdose deaths involving natural and synthetic opioid increased between 2014 and 2015 by 13 percent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this number is statistically significant.
  • Past year heroin abuse by individuals 12 years and older in the state was at 0.38 percent in 2015, according to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This is higher than the national average (NIDA).
  • According to the Ohio Opiate Action Team, “Between July 2014 and June 2015 naloxone was administered at least 17,350 times by Ohio EMS agencies.”
  • Ohio’s average per capita rate of prescription opioids is 66.7 doses (Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services).
  • In a 2010 study, prescription drugs made up 25 percent of all drug overdoses among Ohio residents. Heroin created the most opioid-based overdoses at 22 percent of all overdoses in the state.


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