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Fentanyl’s Deadly Toll.

According to a recent study, nearly 4,000 Ohioans died of an overdose in a single year. Fentanyl was involved in over 70% of those deaths. It’s a synthetic opioid that’s 80 to 100 times deadlier than morphine. A dose of just a few milligrams can be fatal. And fentanyl has found its way into Ohio’s drug supply. That’s why carrying naloxone is so important – to reverse overdoses and save lives.


Over 30,000 overdoses reversed with naloxone in Ohio since 2015.

Over 30,000 overdoses have been reversed with Naloxone in Ohio since 2015.


No Drug Is Safe.

Many people who died of an overdose may not have known they were taking fentanyl. That’s because drugs laced with fentanyl don’t look any different. The list below shows the number of overdose deaths in one year that involved select drug combinations.

  • Fentanyl + Cocaine: 808
     
  • Fentanyl + Heroin: 569
     
  • FentanylPsychostimulants: 379
     
  • FentanylOpioids: 260

Just a few milligrams of fentanyl can be fatal

Just a few milligrams of fentanyl can be fatal


Coming together as a community to save lives.

The most important thing to understand about preventing overdose deaths is that it takes a team effort. And we’re here to provide the tools to help. Visit our Help & Resources page for more information. 


If you’re in immediate danger, call 911.
In crisis? Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or text “4HOPE” to 741741.
Are you ready to seek treatment? Get help now.