Heroin Deaths in Ohio on the Rise
More than a century ago, heroin was first created and used as a cough medicine. It wasn’t long after its creation, however, that heroin found a place among poets, artists and musicians. During the 1920s, many addicts collected scrap metal from junkyards to support their habit and the term junkie was born. Today, heroin is known as a highly addictive, dangerous and illegal controlled substance used by all social classes and professions.
The Federal Government classifies heroin as a Schedule I drug — a substance with no known currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are considered the most dangerous substances and lead to serious physical and/or psychological dependence.
Recently, the state of Ohio released the following facts and statistics regarding heroin-related deaths, showing that the use of heroin is destroying lives at an alarming rate:
- 680 people died from heroin related deaths in 2012, a 37 percent increase from 2011.
- Factoring in heroin-related deaths, the total number of overdose fatalities in Ohio in 2012 was 1,272.
- In Cuyahoga County, 195 people died in 2013 from heroin-related overdoses.
- Fatal drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental deaths in Ohio.
- Heroin deaths are not isolated to urban, suburban or rural areas.
- Approximately five people die each day of drug overdoses in Ohio.
Law enforcement officials are aggressively pursuing individuals who sell and distribute heroin in Ohio. If you are arrested for a heroin-related crime — possession, sale or trafficking — contact a competent criminal defense lawyer today.