Opioid overdose responsible for over 500,000 years of life lost in Ohio


EXCERPT: . . . A number of key findings stand out in the study:

13,059 Ohioans died from opioid overdose during the 7-year period of study (2010 -- 2016).

Opioid overdose accounted for 519,471 YLL from 2010 -- 2016. This figure represents over half a million years of life lost to Ohioans due to a preventable cause.

Opioid overdose deaths continue to rise. 140,045 YLL were attributable to opioid overdose in 2016 alone. That year, opioid overdose had the effect of lowering the life expectancy of an average Ohioan by 1.1 years.

Fentanyl related deaths have increased dramatically in recent years from 77 deaths in 2010 to 2,357 in 2016.

Fentanyl was involved in 67 percent of fatal opioid poisonings in 2016 and fentanyl overdose accounted for 96,118 YLL that year alone.

"One of the most heartbreaking aspects of the opioid epidemic is the incredible loss of life as so many young people die of overdoses," said Randy Leite, dean of the OHIO College of Health and Sciences and Professions. "The years of life lost data paint a picture of the greatest consequence of the epidemic -- the loss of so many individuals who could have been productive parents, spouses, workers, and citizens."

MORE: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20...154426.htm

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