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Ohio was found to have the 2nd highest opioid drug overdose rate, but also had the 28 lowest prescription rate in the nation. This ranks Ohio No. 9 for the biggest differential of overdoses and prescription rates per 100k people.

Our report found that states that have the highest rate of overdoses generally have the lowest rates of prescriptions, and vice-versa.

Key report findings:

  • Ohio has an overdose rate of 46.3 and a prescription rate of 63.5 per 100k people.
  • Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey have the highest overdose, but lowest prescription rate.
  • Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama highest prescribers with lowest overdoses.
  • Opioid overdoses costing the national healthcare system $11 billion annually.
  • Opioid prescription rates down from 81.3 per 100k Americans in 2012 to 58.5 in 2017.

You can find the full report here: