Ohio's Opioid Epidemic

Playing Inside Ohio's Opioid Epidemic

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The Doctors head to the state with one of the highest overdose death rates in the country -- Ohio.

In the state during one month of 2017, 90 percent of drug overdose deaths were caused by fentanyl. OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry and Judge Mary Chrzanowski head to Dayton to learn about this problem first hand and find out what is being done to fight this epidemic.

Watch: One Opioid Prescription Can Get You Addicted

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer says, "This is the worse crisis I have seen in 30 years. I worked the street during the crack era, but [people] were not dying at this rate." On average, there are 8 overdoes every night. Sheriff Plummer believes that economic issues have caused more people to self-medicate with the drugs. He also says this has increased crime rates. He explains that deaths related to opioids are expected to double this year in his county.

Dr. Nita and Judge Mary also visit the county morgue, where Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger says that the morgue can often reach capacity in the space of 24 to 48 hours. "This is a mass fatality event that is not being recognized," he says.

Watch: Ohio Loses 11 People Every Day to Opioid Overdoses

When asked about the future of the problem in Ohio, Dr. Nita says, "Everyone we spoke to said it's going to get worse before it gets better."

Find out what is being done in Montgomery County to combat this growing epidemic and hear first-hand personal accounts from people struggling with addiction here.