The synthetic drug is dangerous and increasingly in use. Here's a look at Columbus CEO's Breakdown graphic from the August 2019 edition.
While prescription opioid use has declined in Ohio in recent years, drug overdose deaths are rising quickly because of the increasing use of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid easy to manufacture illegally.
Doctors are prescribing fewer opioids and familes and employers are more aware of their dangers thanks to education campaigns such as the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance profiled on page 89. That’s positive news. Still, in 2017, Ohio had the second highest rate of drug overdose deaths involving opioids in the U.S. because of fentanyl.
Here's what a coalition of local businesses, government and nonprofits are doing to combat the opioid epidemic.
To view the September infographic, click here.