National Report Names Ohio Number One Destination for Synthetic Opioid Fentanyl

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan responds to national report naming Ohio the number one state destination for fentanyl in the nation. Fentanyl is a deadly synthetic opioid that is 30 to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Ohio’s total positive lab tests for fentanyl are four times higher than the next highest state, Pennsylvania. Report shows most of these deadly drugs are coming from China. Find full report here.

Ryan introduced the STOP OD Act of 2017 with Congressman Dave Joyce, which works to address the country-wide opioid epidemic by increasing the availability of the life-saving drug Naloxone for first responders, expanding the training in Naloxone administration, and enhancing education and preventative efforts.

"We are losing too many of our friends, neighbors, and relatives to this destructive drug epidemic. Addiction is a disease, and the people suffering need care just like anyone else who gets sick in this country, yet only 1 out of 10 Americans who suffers from substance abuse gets treated. It is critical that we get serious about this issue and work together to begin to stem the tide. We cannot afford to do nothing. We must respond to this crisis from all sides by improving coordination to stopping these deadly drugs from coming into our state from places like China, while also increasing and expanding access to treatment for those who are suffering,” said Congressman Ryan.