Study finds that opioid overdose deaths are 85% higher in areas with auto plant closures


This will have particular resonance in Northern Ohio.

Adults in the U.S. "are far more likely to die from opioid overdoses if they live in an area where an automobile assembly plant closed in the past five years," CNBC reports, according to new research published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

From the article:

Researchers analyzed 112 manufacturing counties across the U.S. that had at least one automotive assembly plant as of 1999. Twenty-nine of those plants closed within the next 17 years, the time frame researchers analyzed.