27 Investigates: Heroin by the numbers

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine stopped in Warren as part of his Drug Abuse Community Forum series. You can learn more about his efforts to curb drug abuse across the state here.

27 Investigates dug deeper into the growing problem of heroin in the Valley and across Ohio.

In 2013, more people in Trumbull County died of a heroin overdose than any other drug or combination of drugs. It’s to blame for more than a third of the 35 accidental drug-related deaths that year. In 2011 and 2012, heroin came in second only to deaths from multiple drugs.

Accidental Drug-Related Deaths
Trumbull County

                         Total           Heroin            Polydrug

2013                    35                12                     11
2012                    36                10                     20
2011                     59                19                    20
2010                    49                 6                     16

Statewide, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab dealt with more than double the number of heroin cases in 2013 than it did just three years earlier.

Ohio BCI Lab Heroin Cases

2013                    4,908
2012                    3,819
2011                    2,764
2010                    2,182

When it comes to the number of people who died from heroin, DeWine said it’s projected to top 900 in 2013. That’s triple the number of deaths back in 2010.

Ohio Heroin Deaths
Collected Coroner Data

2013                      900+ (projected)
2012                      725
2011                      427
2010                      315

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