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Summer of 2020 had three months of record-high overdose deaths in Ohio

Posted at 6:13 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 18:13:51-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An organization released the data about how the state has fared with overdose deaths in the state so far this year compared to the previous five years.

Ohio had a deadly three-month span this spring to summer, but the numbers have started to even out.

According to data from Harm Reduction Ohio, there were 481 and 442 overdose deaths in June and July, which is a 20% increase compared to 2019.

In May, the state reported the most overdose deaths ever for a month with 548 deaths.

Ohio currently has 3,647 deaths this year.

The record high for overdose deaths in Ohio was set in 2017 with 4,854 deaths.