The answer depends on how you do the math. Do you count all of the OD deaths inside a city’s city limits, or do you base it on a percentage of the population of the people dying?
In Ohio, each county has an elected coroner who provides services for the entire county. In Ohio’s Montgomery County the coroner’s office is in the county’s largest city, Dayton, Ohio.
A research group called Arrest Records compiles information from a number of sources and comes out with a list that major news outlets regard as creditable.
Arrest Records uses the percentage-based method. How many people out of each 100,000 residents are dying from an opioid overdose? Using this method places every city on even footing no matter the size of the population.
For example, Ohio has two cities hit hard by overdose deaths.
Cuyahoga Co, (Cleveland) with a population of 1.26 million last year lost 666 souls.
Montgomery Co, (Dayton) with a population of 555, 000 last year lost 371 souls.
While the Cuyahoga Co Coroner lost more people, the Montgomery Co. Coroner lost a higher percentage of his population.
According to Arrest Records Montgomery Co., Ohio, which includes Dayton, Ohio, is the current “Opioid Overdose Capital of America.” Dayton has more overdose deaths per 100,000 residents.
Over the next few days, we will be talking to the Montgomery Co., Ohio Coroner, the county sheriff, and other people from this area who are on the front lines in trying to keep addicts alive long enough to complete rehab.
BTW, The Mongomery Co. Coroner told me they had already lost 365 just by the end of May.
Like I said, “You’re not going to add this title to your city limits sign.”
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