2021 saw record fatal ODs, gun deaths, car crashes in Ohio over 15 years, data shows

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Ohio Capital JournalDaniel J. Flannery, the Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Professor and director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, said the increase in drug overdoses was likely driven by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl or carfentanyl that are increasingly prevalent in the drug supply. “The last couple years have been nasty across the board with respect to gun violence and overdoses in particular,” he said.

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