Hailey Hogan, Tyler Yeary


Presentation: 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom



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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the availability of healthcare treatment across the United States. This impact on treatment can be seen in the dramatic rise in all-cause deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic (Faust, 2021). Lack of available treatment poses a major challenge for populations that have historically been vulnerable to opioid abuse, including the state of Ohio. Since 2000, Ohio has seen a statistically significant increasing trend in unintentional drug overdose deaths from 1999 to 2016 with different rates of change over time. (CDC, 2016). Many that have lived in Montgomery County for extended periods of time have known people that have fallen victim to the Opioid epidemic. This poster will take a look at how the statistics have changed since the COVID-19 Pandemic and what factors exacerbated the upward trend in unintentional opioid deaths. The purpose of this poster is to compile these statistics in order to help raise awareness and promote greater resource allocation towards unintentional opioid overdose prevention in Montgomery County and the state of Ohio as a whole. All data referenced in this poster is publicly available data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Public Health (ODH).

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Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Kathleen Scheltens

Primary Advisor's Department

Premedical Programs


Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences

Unintentional Overdose Deaths in Ohio before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic