Community Dashboard

Explore our interactive community dashboard reporting on data and progress related to the opioid epidemic.

ANNUAL CASES OF
MISUSE & ABUSE

ANNUAL OPIOID
OVERDOSE DEATHS

ECONOMIC BURDEN
ON OUR COMMUNITY

$M

ALL ANNUAL DATA FROM 2016 YEAR

Misuse, Abuse & Deaths

Cases of Misuse and Abuse

11.5% of Lorain County residents reported prescription opioid misuse or abuse in the past year, 2.5 times the national average and similar to the rate for the state of Ohio.

Heroin Usage

0.5% reported heroin use in the past year, double the national average.

Emergency Department Visits

Opioid use contributed to 2,691 annual emergency department visits in Lorain County.

Opioid-Related Deaths

Opioid overdose caused 132 deaths in Lorain County in 2016. This number is expected to increase in 2017 and again in 2018.

2.5x

12% of Lorain County residents report misuse/abuse of opioids, 2.5X the national average.

2691

Number of emergency room visits due to opioid misuse or abuse annually in Lorain County.

Economic Burden

$M
LOST EARNINGS / PRODUCTIVITY
$M
HEALTHCARE
$M
CRIMINAL JUSTICE
$M
CHILD & FAMILY ASSISTANCE
$M
TREATMENT & PREVENTION
$M

The annual economic burden of the opioid crisis in Lorain County reached nearly $200 million in 2016. The most significant economic impacts are lost wages, productivity, and tax revenues due to opioid-related fatalities and opioid use disorders; increased healthcare costs resulting from overdoses and indirect health complications; and additional criminal justice (police, judicial, and corrections) expenditures.

Productivity Losses

Lost Earnings and Productivity, in Millions USD

EventIndividual & Private Sector LossesLost Federal Tax RevenuesLost State Tax RevenuesLost Local Tax Revenues
Overdose Fatalities$80.7M$20.2M$2.5M$2.9M
Incarceration$2.1M$0.5M$0.1M$0.1M
Nonfatal Productivity$23.4M$5.9M$0.7M$0.8M
Total$139.8M$26.6M$3.3M$3.8M
Healthcare

Increased Healthcare Costs, in Millions USD

CostPrivate/UninsuredMedicaidMedicare
Overdose Costs$2.9M$11.7M$3.8M
Indirect Costs$3.9M$15.6M$5.8M
Total$6.9M$27.3M$8.8M
Criminal Justice, Child and Family Assistance

Increased Criminal Justice Costs, in Millions USD

CategoryAnnual Cost
Police Protection$2.7M
Judicial & Legal$1.3M
Corrections & Incarceration$2.9M
Property Losses$0.3M
Total$7.2M
Prevention & Treatment

Notably, the estimate of spending on treatment and prevention when compared with the other components is extremely small (2.7 percent). This finding mirrors results from previous national-level studies, and emphasizes the potential cost savings that could be achieved by shifting expenditures from paying for the burden of opioid-related adverse events to prevention and treatment activities. Given the data availability and resources at the time of this work, the team is unfortunately not able to estimate the specific value of a new prevention or treatment intervention in Lorain County; however, the scale of the costs of the lost productivity and healthcare burdens provide evidence of the potential for cost-saving prevention/treatment activities. Alta rum believes exploration of this topic would be an extremely valuable area of further research.