Opioid overdoses followed auto plant closures, study says

The former General Motors plant in Moraine, pictured in 2013 before it was brought back to life by Fuyao Glass America. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

The study published in JAMA Internal Medicine highlights the role declining economic opportunity in the U.S. and cities like Dayton had on the opioid overdose crisis.

The local GM plant had employed 1,000 when it closed Dec. 2008, and at its peak employed more than 4,000 people. The manufacturing jobs provided middle to upper middle class wages and had a broader economic impact of supporting related industries.