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Graphic of the week

Analysis released last week by HPIO found that nearly all leading causes of death among working-age Ohioans (ages 15-64) have increased since 2007, with the exception of cancer (see graphic above).

Unintentional injuries, including unintentional drug overdoses and motor vehicle crashes, increased the most from 2007 to 2021 (123%) among the leading causes. Chronic liver disease increased 74% and homicide deaths were up 62%. 

The analysis, which is compiled in a new data snapshot, “Death Trends among Working-age Ohioans,” found that the overall number of deaths among working-age Ohioans increased 51% from 2007 to 2021, from 25,885 to 39,034. If the annual number of deaths had remained constant since 2007, 58,344 fewer working-age Ohioans would have died.