Each day, nearly five Ohioans die because of drug-related overdose.
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) developed a campaign, known as Prescription for Prevention: Stop the Epidemic, to raise awareness of the epidemic of prescription drug abuse and overdose.
Get the Facts:
- From 1999 to 2012, the number of deaths in Ohio due to unintentional drug overdose increased 485 percent, and the increase has been driven largely by prescription drug overdoses.
- In Ohio, since 2007, there have been more deaths from drug overdose than from motor vehicle traffic crashes.
- There were 327 fatal drug overdoses in 1999 and the number grew to 1,914 deaths in 2012.
- Females represent the fastest growing group at risk for fatal prescription drug overdose.
As part of the Prescription for Prevention campaign, we have developed tools to help educate local communities. The campaign focuses on those communities where the highest levels of prescription drug overdose have been reported. Campaign resources can be downloaded at the links below.
Disposal of unwanted medication is important so that drugs do not fall into the wrong hands. It is important that medications are disposed of and destroyed using methods that are both legal and environmentally friendly.
To assist local communities with the proper disposal of prescription drugs the Ohio Department of Health:
For more information on Ohio’s efforts to address prescription drug overdose please visit the Ohio Department of Health's Drug Overdose web site or contact the Department's Violence and Injury Prevention Program:
Ohio Department of Health
Violence and Injury Prevention Program
246 North High Street, 8th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Last Reviewed 5/23/14