Ohio State study provides shocking look at opioid crisis

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A new study done at the Ohio State University digs deep into the root causes of the opioid crisis in our state, effective ways to help addicts and how to stop people from getting addicted in the first place.

The study was done by four members of the Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy. The Chair, Mark Partridge, explained the hope was looking at the crisis from a policy perspective could yield results.

“It’s such a massive crisis, it’s the leading cause of death in Ohio for under the age of 55,” Partridge said.

The study found the cost of the crisis between treatment, lost productivity and overdose deaths is between seven and nine billion dollars a year, about what the state spends on K-12 education.

It found overdose rates are higher for people with less than college education and in counties with a higher unemployment rate.

And it found the need for more treatment is dire, stating that Ohio only has the ability to treat 40 percent of those suffering opioid dependency.

To see the full study, click here.