COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Child advocates say the opioid crisis is overwhelming Ohio's foster care system as more children are removed from the homes of drug-addicted parents.
The Public Children Services Association of Ohio says more than 15,500 children are now in foster care, up from about 12,600 four years ago.
The agency said Thursday in a new report that Ohio is on track to place more than 20,000 children in foster care by 2020.
Angela Sausser is the agency's executive director. She says more state funding is needed to address the crisis despite increases lawmakers provided this year.
The report comes the same day the federal government reported a record 63,600 overdose deaths nationwide last year, two thirds of them involving opioids, such as heroin, fentanyl and prescription painkillers.
This story has been corrected to show that the government opioid report came out Thursday, not Wednesday.