Center for Interventions, Treatment, and Addictions Research (CITAR)

Accidental Drug Overdose Trends in 23 Ohio Counties

Funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, this study is a collaborative effort between CITAR in the Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. The overall purpose is to collect and analyze accidental poisoning death data from 23 Ohio Counties (Adams, Athens, Brown, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Fayette, Gallia, Greene, Hardin, Highland, Logan, Madison, Meigs, Mercer, Miami, Pickaway, Preble, Ross, Scioto, Shelby, and Warren). The main objective is to gain insight into whether the epidemiological trends observed in Montgomery County accidental overdose deaths, such as heroin mentions recently surpassing pharmaceutical opioid mentions in decedents’ toxicology reports, are occurring in other parts of the state. Data collected from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office are de-identified, electronic data.

Final Report May 20, 2014 - prepared for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (PDF)

Staff Contact Information

Robert Carlson, Ph.D., Principal Investigator (
Raminta Daniulaityte, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator (

Last edited on 04/16/2015.