On this episode of Broad & High, Terry Allen’s Deer Sculptures, Jim Arter’s Life Within Art, Artist Profile: Mike Elsass, and The Heart Gallery. They’re just two deer, lounging on the banks of the Scioto River watching the world go by. The city of Columbus recently commissioned Santa Fe artist Terry Allen to create and [...]
Ohio Sees Record High Overdose Deaths In 2011
The state says Ohio hit another record for the number of people dying from drug overdose deaths, with more than 1,700 such overdose fatalities in 2011.
The Ohio Department of Health blames the 1,765 deaths on the state’s continuing prescription painkiller epidemic along with a continued rise in heroin abuse.
The state says nearly five Ohioans died every day in 2011 from accidental drug overdoses, part of a 14-percent increase in deaths from 2010.
The Health Department says multiple drug use is a major contributing factor, with more than two of every three deaths involving more than one drug.
The dire statistics come at a time when Ohio has launched numerous efforts to crack down on illegal prescription painkiller use and distribution.