Ohio Painkiller Addictions On Par With Alcoholism

Addiction to painkillers in Ohio is now on par with alcoholism, according to recent state data reflecting a trend in substance abuse in the state.

Of more than 87,000 clients treated for addiction, 33 percent received alcohol addiction services and 32 percent received opiate addiction services in fiscal 2013, the most recent statewide data available, according to a report Monday by the Media Network of Central Ohio.

The 2013 figures, involving people who received publicly funded treatment, are up from 28 percent the previous year and more than double 2008 numbers.

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