Suicide and Overdose facts

Suicide and overdose do not discriminate. It affects people from all socio-economic status, race/ethnicity, geographic region/state, age, and gender.

If you are in immediate need, DON’T HESITATE. CALL the National CRISIS HOTLINE at 1-800-273-TALK(8255).

Be in the KNOW

  • Having suicidal thoughts or being in pain is nothing to be ashamed of. It is something to get help for.
  • Over 90% of suicides are preventable.
  • Each suicide significantly affects 18 – 25 people. This can result in ongoing expenses in treatment, loss of jobs, etc.
  • Learn about the risks of powerful drugs and about other options for safe, effective pain management.
  • Get help for substance abuse at 1-800-662-HELP.
  • Call Poison Help 1-800-222-1222 if you have questions about medicines.
  • In OHIO: To Confidentially Report suspected inappropriate prescribing or distributing of prescription drugs, call 1-855-224-6446.


  • The past few years, Wayne County has 10 – 14 completed suicides per year, with many more attempts.
  • According to ODH vital statistics, in 2011, Wayne County ranked #11 out of 88 in the State of Ohio, with a suicide rate of 16.58. This is higher than the state and national average per capita.
  • More recently, the “middle-aged men” category has been on the rise locally.

Nationally, according to the CDC:

  • 44,193 lives were lost in 2015 in the U.S.(year of most current stats). Someone dies in the United States almost every 12 minutes, with attempts totaling over 1 million every year.
  • It is the 2nd leading cause of death in children and young adults 15-34
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death

OVERDOSES, according to local, state authorities and CDC.

  • In 2016, 1 in 9 heroin deaths happened in Ohio.
  • Abuse of prescription pain medications (opiates) led to a bigger problem – heroin, fentynl, cartfentil, and other overdoses.
  •  WE are now experiencing an epidemic across the State of Ohio.
  • Wayne Co. overdose deaths doubled from 2015 to 2016, with 86%  having an opioid in their system.


  • The United States is in the midst of a prescription painkiller overdose epidemic
  • Over 52,000 people died in 2015 from an overdose. It is estimated over 59,000 died in 2016.
  • 2000-2015 over 300,000 people have lost their lives to an opioid overdose.
  • From 1999 to 2013, the amount of painkillers, called opioids, prescribed and sold in the U.S. have nearly quadrupled, and overdose deaths have quadrupled in lock-step.
  • Unintentional drug overdoses caused the deaths of 3,050 Ohio residents in 2015,1 the highest number on record.
  • Every day, 88 people in the U.S. die from overdose of prescription painkillers, and many more become addicted.


Article Resources: ( is your online source for credible health information and is the official Web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
NSPL (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) –
OTGO Combatting the Opiate Epidemic Conference, Aug. 2015