A new Ohio law restricting where some drug treatment programs can locate is creating obstacles for agencies in the region working with addicts at a time when heroin-related deaths are on the rise.
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Addiction by the numbers
$3.5 billion: Cost of unintentional fatal drug poisonings to Ohioans annually
$31.9 million: Annual cost of non-fatal, hospital-admitted drug poisonings in Ohio
500: The number of Montgomery County residents who are taken to emergency rooms or the coroner’s office each year after a drug overdose.
$4,000 to $5,000: The average per person cost for local emergency room overdose treatment.
$20 billion: The annual cost to taxpayers for untreated heroin addiction, related crime and illnesses
5: The number of Ohioans who die daily from overdoses
Sources: Ohio Department of Health, National Institutes of Health.
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