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Jeannette Manger


Objective: Our objective was to identify the effect poverty has on rates of opioid overdose in Ohio counties. Based on previous research, we determined our indicators of poverty to examine were: median-household income, rates of children in free lunch programs, and residential segregation. Utilizing data from both Ohio counties and the state of California, we investigated how our indicators of poverty influenced drug overdose deaths in order to provide public health directives going forward. Methods: We utilized County Health records that combined multiple outlets to retrieve the necessary data to compare rates of poverty and opioid overdose in Ohio’s counties. We employed four different tests to examine the data prevalent to our objective from County Health Records. Results: Our results showed a negative correlation between median-household income and opioid overdoses, significantly higher rates of opioid overdoses in Ohio compared to California in 2021, a rise in drug overdoses in Ohio from 2016 to 2021, and that median-household income was the strongest predictor for opioid deaths in Ohio.

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