Attorney General committee recommends coroners track each drug involved in overdose deaths


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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A panel tracking accurate numbers of heroin-related overdose deaths in Ohio has recommended all coroners track each drug involved in an overdose death.

The panel says specifically reporting the drugs on a death certificate will allow the uniform collection of data statewide.

Attorney General Mike DeWine formed the committee after determining the total number of heroin-related overdose deaths couldn't be tallied because of a lack of standard counting methods.

The Overdose Prevention Task Force also recommended Thursday that state agencies determine what additional data the state has that could be used to gain a better understanding of Ohio's addictions epidemic.

Stats collected by DeWine's office found 910 heroin-related overdose deaths last year, although it's believed the total number topped 1,000.

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