Fayette County residents who died from drug overdoses younger than state average

Accidental overdose deaths mapped county-by-county in Ohio show that those dying of overdoses in Fayette County are younger than the state’s average.

Your Voice Ohio, an Ohio news media project, mapped the deaths using Ohio Department of Health (ODH) data. Currently the media project has mapped accidental overdose deaths with data from 2010 through 2015. The project is expected to have 2016 data released soon.

Fayette County is reported to have had 26 accidental overdose deaths between 2010 and 2015.

Of those 26 deaths, six were female. All of them were white.

There was one death each in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2013 there were two accidental overdose deaths but then the deaths quadrupled the following year: eight overdose deaths were reported in 2014. That number nearly doubled in 2015 with 13 reported overdose deaths in Fayette County.

The average age at which people are dying from overdoses in Fayette County, 35, is less than the state’s average of 40.4.

In Clinton County, 40 is the average age of those dying from overdoses. Clinton County reported having significantly more accidental overdose deaths than did Fayette County: 43 between 2010 and 2015, with 20 deaths in 2015 alone.

People who are using drugs or are at risk for relapse are encouraged to seek help through the state’s crisis textline – text 4hope to 741 741

Your Voice Ohio is an Ohio media project to elevate the voices of Ohioans, their problems and solutions. More information about the state’s heroin/opioid epidemic and what communities are doing about it can be seen online at yourvoiceohio.org

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Average age of those who have died: 35

By Ashley Bunton


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