Michiana opioid overdoses on the rise, according to latest state figures

("another needle, but in all fairness, this could be for black market collagen injections" by eric molina, CC BY 2.0)

Non-fatal hospital visits due to opioid overdoses are on the rise in Michiana counties.

That’s according to a new report from the Indiana State Department of Health released this morning as the state updates online profiles for each county to show the rising toll the national opioid epidemic is taking.

In St. Joseph County, the numbers rose from about 29 per 100,000 people in 2011 to almost 51 per 100,000 people in 2015. It went up about the same rate in LaPorte County, while the numbers about doubled in Elkhart and Marshall Counties. Non-fatal overdoses in Kosciusko County went up from 22 per 100,000 people in 2011 to 28 per 100,000 people in 2015.

The profiles show a nearly 60 percent statewide increase in non-fatal E.R. visits due to opioid overdoses from 2011 to 2015, while opioid-related deaths went up an average of 3.5 percent each year.

See the data on a county-by-county level here.


  1. Are there any repercussions for people that go to the emergency room for this type of overdose or are they just tuned up so they can go right back and do it again?


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