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Opioid and Heroin Overdose Data

Washtenaw County has seen an increase in opioid overdose deaths since 2012.

Opioids include prescription painkillers like OxyContin, fentanyl, methadone and Vicodin and street drugs like heroin.opioid OD deaths chart 2011-15



Opioid Overdose Deaths in Washtenaw Residents


2016 Opioid Deaths by Month*

 Jan Feb March April May June July August Sept Oct Nov Dec  Total
Deaths  6 5 7 5  7  6  4 NA  NA  61**

 *Death reports for 2016 are preliminary and may change as more information is available.**Preliminary total for 2016.

2015 Opioid Deaths by Month

 Jan Feb March April May June July August Sept Oct Nov Dec  Total
Deaths 3 5 8 0 7 3 5 6 3 3 4 2 49


Opioid Deaths by Year

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Deaths 29 32 26 65 49


Annual summaries by gender, age and type: Opioid Overdose Deaths among Washtenaw County Residents, 2011-2015

Source for above tables: Washtenaw County Public Health and the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner


Emergency Hospital Admissions

Washtenaw County Public Health reviews emergency room admissions from local hospitals attributed to opioid overdoses.

From April 2011 to March 2015, over 400 county residents were admitted to University of Michigan or Saint Joseph Mercy hospitals for overdoses associated with opioids. Individuals admitted for unintentional heroin overdoses tend to be younger and male (average age was 32 years and 87% were white). Individuals admitted for unintentional prescription opioid overdoses were older, female (60%) and predominately white (average age was 51 years and 81% were white).

Table by quarter April 2011 - March 2015: Emergency Department Admissions for Unintentional Opioid Overdoses – Washtenaw County Residents Admitted to University of Michigan or Saint Joseph Mercy Hospitals.


Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a viral illness spread through contact with contaminated blood. Washtenaw County has seen an increase of new infections among young people. New infections are almost all due to intravenous drug use. Blood transfusions are now screened for Hepatitis C and are not a potential source of infection.

Summary of 2015 Hepatitis C cases: Hepatitis C Trends 2015

Graph of Newly Diagnosed Hepatitis C Infection in 18 - 29 yr olds Washtenaw County residents* 2007-2014.


The Washtenaw Health Initiative Opioid Project

In response, the Opioid Project is a collaboration promoting effective solutions based on local data. It brings together law enforcement, public health, hospitals, community mental health, treatment facilities, other providers, the recovery community and community leaders to share resources, build partnerships and combat the epidemic. For more information or to attend an upcoming meeting, please contact Angy Perez-Martinez at




Substance use prevention and treatment services are provided by the Community Mental Health Partnership of Southeast Michigan. Call 734-344-6079 or 888-566-0489 to access treatment services.

For other treatment options, please visit Or, call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889 (TDD). Assistance available in English and Spanish 24/7. You can find treatment providers by address, city or zip code.

Data and Information

Did you miss the U-M Injury Center Opioid Overdose Summit on Dec 1, 2015? See a summary 

Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force: Report of Findings and Recommendations for Action - from the State of Michigan Office of the Governor, Office of the Attorney General and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Drug Poisoning Mortality: United States, 2002–2014 Storyboard from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics presents drug poisoning deaths at the national, state, and county levels.

The Washtenaw Health Initiative Opioid Project

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