"With unintentional drug overdose deaths increasing rapidly across Ohio, driven by a sharp rise in fentanyl-related deaths, Van Wert County is just beginning to see fentanyl become a factor in local overdose deaths.
"Statewide, the number of fentanyl-related deaths has increased from 84 in 2013, to 503 in 2014, and 1,155 in 2015. Overall, drug overdose deaths in Oho increased from 2,531 in 2014, to 3,050 last year.
"The information was part of a report released by the Ohio Department of Health, which also illustrates the move from prescription opioids such as hydrocodone (Vicodin) to black tar Mexican heroin, now often cut with fentanyl or the large-animal sedative carfentanil..."
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