Addiction Statistics: Dayton Ohio

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Dayton, with a population of roughly 165,000, is situated in Montgomery County, Ohio. Dayton has been at the forefront of the U.S. heroin market since it became a growing issue nationwide in the late 1990s. Rather than distributing their drugs in large cities like New York or Chicago, Mexican drug traffickers have targeted Dayton, Ohio, as a key location for the direct distribution of heroin and, more recently, fentanyl.

Montgomery County has drug overdose rates among the highest in Ohio, a state already experiencing a high incidence of deadly overdoses.

Where heroin has traditionally been the primary drug problem in Dayton, OH, evolving markets mean that fentanyl is now much more prevalent. According to data from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, heroin is now found in only 19% of overdoses, while fentanyl is implicated in 78% of all lethal overdoses in the county.

What Are the Addiction Statistics for Dayton Ohio?

Statistics on drug use in Dayton, Ohio indicate that rates of illicit substance use disorders increased from 2015 to 2017, and again from 2017 to 2019 among Ohio over-12s. In the latter period, the average annual rate of addictions to illicit drugs was 3.6%, surpassing both the regional and national averages.

For the same demographic, the rate of alcohol use disorders showed a decline from 2002 to 2004 and from 2017 to 2019. The average annual rate for 2017 to 2019 was recorded at 5.1% (503,000 people), aligning closely with the national average.

Additionally, the prevalence of opioid use disorders among this group increased between the periods of 2015 to 2017 and 2017 to 2019, with the 2017 to 2019 period showing a rate of 1.4% (142,000 people), double the national average.

The annual average percentage of those misusing prescription pain relievers remained stable between 2017 to 2019, at 4.5% (444,000 individuals), again exceeding both regional and national averages.

The rate of marijuana use disorder remained consistent from 2017 to 2019, with a 1.6% annual average (153,000 people), in line with the national average.

On a single day in 2019, Ohio had 66,296 people enrolled in substance use treatment programs, an increase from 45,129 in 2015.

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Opioid Crisis in Dayton Ohio

The opioid crisis in Dayton, like many other cities, can trace its roots back to the late 1990s and early 2000s, when there was a significant increase in the prescribing of opioid pain relievers. These medications, while effective for pain management, also carry a high risk of dependence and addiction. Over time, the misuse of prescription opioids opened the door to more potent and dangerous substances like heroin and fentanyl, further inflaming the problem.

Dayton has experienced harsh consequences, with a marked increase in overdose deaths, hospitalizations, and significant strain on social services and public health systems. Families and communities have been torn apart by the loss and suffering associated with opioid misuse and addiction.

That said, Dayton has implemented innovative strategies and programs aimed at reducing harm, supporting recovery, and preventing substance misuse. These efforts include increased access to naloxone (Narcan), a life-saving medication that can reverse opioid overdoses, the expansion of addiction treatment and recovery services, and community-based prevention and education programs.

Overdose Statistics in Dayton Ohio

Montgomery County saw an 8.9% reduction in accidental drug overdose deaths in 2022, according to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Despite this progress, there was a spike in overdose cases around the New Year, with 11 incidents reported by area hospitals from December 31 to January 1, 2023

Dayton and Montgomery County’s Community Overdose Action Team has issued two warnings about opioid overdose and the need for increased access to Narcan since the initiation of their alert system in June.

In 2022, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office recorded 307 accidental drug overdose deaths, a 9% drop from the 337 fatalities in 2021, and a dramatic reduction from the 566 deaths reported in 2017.

What Is Being Done About Addiction in Ohio?

Ohio has initiated several efforts to combat addiction, showcasing a multi-pronged approach to addressing this critical issue. Governor Mike DeWine announced an investment of $100 million of federal SOS (State Opioid and Stimulant Response) funding aimed at fighting addiction and preventing related deaths. Additionally, the state has launched new data dashboards to monitor overdose and substance-use measures and is promoting suicide prevention across higher education institutions.

The White House has requested an additional $86 million to support Ohio’s fight against addiction, showing ongoing commitment at both the state and federal levels to address this crisis. The state’s legal framework also plays a role, with regulations ensuring that medication-assisted treatment for addiction is properly administered and not misused for pain or other medical conditions.

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Get Help for Drug & Alcohol Addiction at Ohio Recovery Centers

If you need support and guidance addressing addiction to drugs or alcohol, reach out to Ohio Recovery Centers.

We treat addictions in an outpatient setting, enabling you to engage with therapy sessions scheduled around your existing commitments. For those who need more structure in their recovery, we also offer more intensive outpatient programs.

All Ohio Recovery Centers treatment programs utilize a blend of medication-assisted treatment, talk therapies, counseling, and holistic therapies.

Call 877-679-2132 for immediate assistance tackling addiction in Ohio.

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Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been working in the addiction industry for half a decade and has been writing about addiction and substance abuse treatment during that time. He has experience working for facilities all across the country. Connect with Joe on LinkedIn.
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Christopher Glover CDCA

My name is Christopher Glover, and I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am currently in school and working to grow in competence to better support our community. As a recovering individual I know the struggles that you or a loved one can go through and that there is help for anything you may be struggling with.

The hardest part is asking for help and we are here as a team to best support you and your decision to start your journey towards a better future. Connect with Chris on LinkedIn

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Amanda Kuchenberg PRS CDCA

I recently joined Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers as a Clinical Case Manager. I am originally from Wisconsin but settled in the Cincinnati area in my early 20s.  My career started in the fashion industry but quickly changed as I searched to find my drive and passion through helping others who struggle with addiction. 

As someone who is also in recovery, I wanted to provide hope, share lived experience, and support others on their journey.  I currently have my Peer Recovery Support Supervision Certification along with my CDCA and plan to continue my education with University of Cincinnati so I can continue to aid in the battle against substance addiction. Connect with Amanda on LinkedIn.

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Patrick McCamley LCDC III

 Patrick McCamley (Clinical Therapist) is a Cincinnati native who has worked in substance use disorder/co-occurring mental health disorder treatment since 2019. Patrick received his bachelors degree in psychology from University of Cincinnati in 2021 and received his LCDC III (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) license from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board in 2022. Patrick has worked in Clinical Operations, Clinical Case Management, and Clinical Therapy throughout his career.

Patrick has tremendous empathy and compassion for the recovery community, being in recovery himself since 2018. Patrick is uniquely qualified to be helpful because of the specific combination of his academic background and his own experience in recovery.

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Bill Zimmerman CDCA

Bill Zimmerman is a Greater Cincinnati Area native who has worked in substance use disorder/co-occurring mental health disorder treatment since 2018. Bill received his (Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant) license from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board in 2020.

Bill has worked in Clinical Operations in both support and supervision, and Program facilitating and 12 step recovery support during his career. Bill has a passion for the recovery community, having been in recovery himself since 1982. Connect with Bill on LinkedIn

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Taylor Lilley CDCA, PRS

Growing up in Louisiana with addiction running rampant on both sides of my family. A life away from drugs and alcohol seemed impossible for someone like me. I remember what it was like sitting across from someone thinking there is no way they could ever understand what I was going through.

Sharing my experience offers a credibility and a certain type of trust with clients that only someone who has walked down this road can illustrate. To immerse myself further into the field of addiction, I am currently studying at Cincinnati State for Human and Social Services.  I hope I never forget where I came from, if I can do it, so can you!

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Thomas Hunter LSW

Hello my name is Thomas Hunter. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am a licensed social worker.In my scope of practice I have worked in the areas of mental health and recovery for thirty years. The clients I have worked with in my career have ranged in age from seven to seventy.

I strive each day to serve my purpose of helping those in need and I believe I do so by utilizing all of my experiences to accomplish my goal of supporting those who desire to establish their sobriety and maintain it in their recovery. Connect with Thomas on LinkedIn.

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Mary D.Porter,LICDC

 My name is Mary D. Porter. I received my Masters of Social Work in 2008 from The University of Cincinnati. I received My Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor Licensure in 2001. I retired from The Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center on April 14, 2014. Currently, I am the Associate Clinical Director for The Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers in Cincinnati.. Due to the fourth wave of the Opioid Epidemic in 2019,  I decided to enter back into the workforce to assist the addicted population.

The overdoses were astounding and I wanted to help.  I consider myself  to be an advocate for the addicted population. My compassion, resilience, empathy, wisdom, knowledge, experience and  love I have for this forgotten population goes beyond words. I consider what I do for the addicted population as a calling versus a “career,” because I too was once an “addict and alcoholic.” Today I am 45.5 years alcohol and substance free.

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Ben Lemmon LCDC III

Hello, my name is Ben Lemmon, and I’m the Vice President and Clinical Director at Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers. I’ve been working in the addiction and mental health field since 2013 and decided to enter the field after overcoming my own challenges with addiction.

When I first meet a client, I always explain to them that the reason we are meeting is because they are not capable of obtaining or maintaining sobriety, and my goal is to create a person that can maintain sobriety. I believe a person’s personality is made up of their thoughts, feelings and actions and my job is to help clients identify the thoughts, feelings and actions that have them disconnected from recovery and provide them with the tools to live a healthy and happy life. Connect with Ben on LinkedIn