How We Impact
Social Determinant of Health:
Neighborhood and Built Environment, Health Care Access and Quality
Why Is This Important?
Drug use and misuse continue to create public health challenges in the United States, leading to overdose deaths, HIV and hepatitis C infections, and other chronic health conditions. In 2019, 70,630 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States (CDC). Data from the 2019 Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) and naloxone administrations from Ohio Emergency Medical Services (EMSIRS) were used to identify the most at-risk population geographically and demographically. Similar to the previous year, the OFR of 2019 deaths identified the largest disparities to occur in unmarried, Caucasian males and females between the ages of 21-62 years old.