Oxy, heroin behind half of Ohio overdose deaths

OxyContin and heroin contributed to nearly 55 percent of all drug overdose deaths in Ohio in 2009, the Coshocton Tribune reports. Rehab specialists in the state say that if the abuse of legal opiates like Oxy can be curbed, the number of heroin deaths would plummet “because fewer people will turn to that drug as a way of satisfying their opiate addiction created by misuse, or improper prescribing habits, of legal pain relievers,” the article says.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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