The Ohio Department of Health has released it unintentional drug death report for the period 2007 - 2012. Geauga County has a crude rate of 13.7 per 100,000 and an age-adjusted rate of 13.9 per 100,000. This is about the same as Ohio as a whole. See the entire state results here.
Currently there are about 5 deaths per day in Ohio due to unintentional drug overdoses, which makes it the leading cause of injury-related deaths, surpassing even motor vehicle accidents, suicide and falls.
The report suggests that opiates and opioids, including all prescription or non-prescription. remain the driving factor behind the unintentional drug overdose epidemic in Ohio with about 2/3 (1,272; 66.5 percent) of the drug overdoses involved any opiate/opioid in 2012, which was similar to 2011 (1,154; 65 percent). (See Table 1) Most of this is the result of prescription drugs, but there has been a sharp increase in heroin-related deaths in 2012. More than half (53.1%) of all overdose deaths were the result of more than one drug.
While Geauga fared well, there certainly is indication that there is work to be done to avoid this upward trend through prevention and intervention efforts, like those currently undertaken by the Geauga County Opiate Task Force.
One way all Geauga County residents can help is the disposal of all unwanted, unneeded, and expired prescription medication through drug take-back programs sponsored by some local pharmacies, police departments, and the Geauga County Sheriff.
As of 4/22/2014 these locations include:
- Geauga County Sheriff 12450 Merrit Rd. Chardon, OH 44024
- Russell Police Department 14820 Chillicothe Rd. Novelty, OH 44072
- Middlefield Village Police Dept 14870 N State St Middlefield, OH 44062
Look up additional locations here