How Healthy is Licking County?
Community Health Assessment Data

overdose deaths

Overdose Fatality Report

The Licking County Health Department recently released their report on 2018 overdose deaths based on data compiled by the Licking County Drug Overdose Fatality Review Board. In 2018 there were 42 unintentional overdose deaths that occured wihin Licking County, up from 35 in 2017, a 20% increase.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine, and 50 times more potent than heroin, and was responsible for the increase in deaths. 2018 Licking County Overdose Fatality Report.

Overdose Deaths by County of Residence

social determinants

Life Expectancy

life expectancy

As this map generated from U.S. Small-area Life Expectancy Estimates Project (USALEEP) data illustrates, there is a 14.9-year difference in life expectancy within Licking County. Many of our communities have life expectancies below the average for Ohio of 77.9 years, and well below the national average of 79.1 years.
The areas where the greatest health disparities are found are located in the city of Newark, with the lowest being 69.4 years. These areas are home to large numbers of lower income residents, many living in rental housing, lacking reliable transportation, lower graduation rates, higher smoking rates, less healthy food options, and other factors that contribute to this disparity.

social determinants

Leading Causes of Death in Licking County

leading causes of death

Cancer remains the leading cause of death in Licking County, followed closely by heart disease. Unintentional injuries have moved to 3rd due to the increased number of unitentional drug overdoses in recent years.

Licking County Cancers

Cancer Rates in Licking County

The leading sites/types of cancer incidence in Licking County in 2012-2016 were lung and bronchus, female breast, prostate, colon andrectum, and melanoma of the skin, representing 55 percent of all invasive cancer cases.

Cancer Rates by Site

Percentage of Cancer Deaths by Site/Type for the Top Five Cancers in Licking County, 2012-2016

Cancer Deaths

Did You Know?

  • Tobacco use is associated with 12 types of cancer. Nearly one-third of all cancer deaths could be prevented by eliminating tobacco use. Ready to Quit?
  • Overweight and obesity are associated with at least 13 types of cancer. One-fifth of cancer deaths could be prevented by adopting healthy diet and exercise practices.