Meth is making a deadly comeback in central Ohio

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Opioids still are the driving force behind Ohio’s overdose deaths. But authorities say methamphetamine is making a comeback.

“It’s brought in from southwest Mexico and cartels are bringing it over and it’s pure,” says Sgt. Tiffany Meeks with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

CrimeTracker 10 contacted several county coroners in central Ohio and the statistics show a rise in meth-related deaths.

Franklin County

(source: Franklin Co. Coroner)

  • In 2012, 1 person died from meth-related causes
  • In 2013, 3 people died from meth-related causes
  • In 2014, 3 people died from meth-related causes
  • In 2015, 7 people died from meth-related causes
  • In 2016, 7 people died from meth-related causes
  • In 2017, 17 people died between January and September

Delaware County

(source: Delaware Co. Coroner)

  • No deaths between 2012-16

  • In 2017, 1 person died from meth-related causes

Licking County

(source: Licking Co. Coroner)

  • In 2015, 5 people died from meth-related causes

  • In 2016, 5 people died from meth-related causes

  • In 2017, 6 people died from meth-related causes

Ohio

(source: Ohio Dept. of Health)

  • In 2010, 10 people died from meth-related causes

  • In 2011, 28 people died from meth-related causes

  • In 2012, 30 people died from meth-related causes

  • In 2014, 59 people died from meth-related causes

  • In 2015, 96 people died from meth-related causes

  • In 2016, 233 people died from meth-related causes

“We’re at a zero tolerance on drugs,” Sgt. Meeks said. “There’s a war on drugs in our state and we’re definitely on the forefront.”

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