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For years, the United States has struggled to overcome an epidemic of addiction that has devastated communities in Ohio and across the country. Unfortunately, recent data suggests that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic worsened this crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), at least 81,000 people died from a fatal drug overdose between June 2019 and May 2020 – the highest 12-month total in our nation’s history. 

COLUMBUS — More Ohioans died of an opioid overdose during a three-month period last year than at any time since the epidemic began, according to an analysis by a task force created by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

CINCINNATI – This week the CDC released preliminary data from 2019 which shows that there were 70,980 reported deaths from overdoses in 2019, surpassing the peak of 70,699 deaths in 2017. U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) released the following statement: