Ohio AG says second quarter of 2020 had record spike in opioid overdose deaths


TOLEDO, Ohio — Local recovery experts are addressing a record-breaking statewide surge in opioid-related deaths.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says more Ohioans died of an opioid overdose in April, May and June of 2020 than at any other time since the drug epidemic began in the state.

Yost's office reported that there were about 16 opioid-related deaths per every 100,000 people during that time in Lucas County, with June expected to be the deadliest month with 40 deaths countywide.