|Source: Montgomery County Poisoning Death Review: 2010 - 2016|
Between 2010 and 2016 the drug overdose deaths in Ohio's Montgomery County has more than doubled (see chart).
And, so far, the numbers from 2017 are astonishing.
According to preliminary figures from the local coroner's office, Montgomery County had 385 overdose deaths as of June; this number surpasses the total number of deadly overdoses that occurred in 2016.3
In 2016, fentanyl was behind 72 percent of the overdose deaths in Montgomery County -- a 30 percent increase over the previous year. During a similar time period, the number of overdoses due to heroin dropped -- more than 20 percent-- between 2015 and 2016.4
1December 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
2“Fentanyl: The Next Wave of the Opioid Crisis.” Statement from Louis J. Milione Assistant Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration. March 21, 2017.
3 "Kettering, county surpass 2016 fatal overdose total before June." June 30, 2017: Dayton Daily News: https://www.mydaytondailynews.com/news/crime--law/montgomery-county-the-... (accessed September 2017).
4 "New Report on Drug Overdose Deaths in Montgomery County." Wright State University. June 15, 2017. https://medicine.wright.edu/about/news-and-events/announcements/article/...