Ohio saw more opioid overdose deaths than anywhere else in the nation in 2014, and the numbers continue to rise, says a study from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, reports Cleveland.com. The Buckeye State topped the list of opioid overdose deaths among all 50 states, reporting 2,106 deaths in 2014. The only other state that came close to Ohio’s numbers in 2014 was California, at 2,024 deaths. California has nearly twice as many residents as Ohio.
Ohio opioid deaths overwhelmingly affected white males more than any other demographic. Males accounted for approximately two-thirds of the deaths, while white, non-Hispanic people accounted for about 90 percent. Hardest hit in Ohio were 25 to 34 year olds who suffered 560 deaths in 2014, but 35 to 44 year olds accounted for 534 deaths. Since 2014, the number of opioid-related deaths in Ohio has gone up. Last year, opioid overdose deaths in the state rose to 2,590, says the Ohio Department of Health.