Dayton No. 1 in nation for drug overdoses

Editor’s Note: The Dayton Daily News did an extensive fact check of the numbers presented by in this 2016 report and found that Dayton and Montgomery County did not have the most overdose deaths per capita in the years that site examined.

You can read that fact check here. 

We believe presenting accurate information about the opioid crisis is important as our region works to shed its image as the ‘overdose capital’ and move toward being a national leader in addiction recovery. You can read more about those efforts here: The Path Forward.

Original story:

Dayton ranked worst and two other Ohio cities ranked in the top 10 for drug overdoses in a list released today by an online site.

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The rankings are compiled by, which rated Cincinnati sixth and Toledo 10th on the list.

This news organization has detailed the heroin and opiod epidemic locally and across the country.

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The new list was compiled using CDC and state health data for major cities in the United States, said in a news release.

“It’s really sad and shocking to see how this opioid epidemic is destroying lives across the country”, said Jennifer McDonald, an analyst. “Communities large and small are being torn apart, and this map and data really shows how bad it is.” describes itself as a criminal justice and crime portal devoted to compiling data and information on public policy.

The Top 10 Worst Big Cities for Drug Overdoses

  1. Dayton
  3. Baltimore, MD.
  5. Philadelphia, PA
  7. New Bedford, MA
  9. Birmingham, AL
  11. Cincinnati
  13. Warren, MI
  15. Knoxville, TN
  17. Albuquerque, NM
  19. Toledo



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