Drug deaths in Ohio increase to 4,854 in 2017: state report


Over 13 people died a day on average in Ohio due to drug overdoses last year, a new high as the state battles the opioid epidemic.

Gov. John Kasich, who will leave office in January, played defense during a Thursday afternoon news conference where the death tally was announced, emphasizing the work he's accomplished to make some progress in the battle against the drugs - such as heroin and prescription opioid-related overdose deaths decreasing.

However, the overall death rate is up because people are overdosing and dying due to fentanyl and Carfentanil being mixed into cocaine and methamphetamine.

Democrats have been hitting hard during the election season the theme that Ohio's overdose death rate -- which continues to climb and is among the highest in the nation - is the result of weak GOP leadership.