- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

LONDON, Ohio (AP) - A panel tracking accurate numbers of heroin-related overdose deaths in Ohio has held its first meeting as it looks for uniformity in drug overdose statistics.

Attorney General Mike DeWine formed the committee after determining the total number of such deaths couldn’t be tallied because of a lack of standard counting methods.

The Overdose Prevention Task Force, including coroners, health officials, police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors, met Tuesday at the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation in London west of Columbus.

Stats collected by DeWine’s office found 910 heroin-related overdose deaths last year, although it’s believed the total number tops 1,000.

The state Health Department says 680 people died of heroin-related overdose deaths in 2012, the last year for which it had complete data.


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