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Drug overdoses are killing people here in our region at a faster rate than car crashes. We are investigating what many people call an epidemic in our community, and this prescription for pain often begins at home, in your medicine cabinet.
Young people between the ages of 12 and 17 have made prescription drugs the No. 1 substance abused in that age group, according to the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board of Montgomery County. Experts also say prescription drug abuse often leads to heroin addiction because heroin is cheaper and easier to buy in the streets of Dayton.
Accidental overdose is also the leading cause of death in Ohio. One person dies every three days and at least nine people are rushed to emergency rooms every week.
In 2011, 119 people died from overdoses including prescription drugs and heroin, in Montgomery County alone. That number jumped to 154 deaths last year and is now on track to exceed 250 deaths this year.