Summit County Public Health and the Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Services Board joined forces for the 2nd Annual State of the County's Health presentation Dec. 1, with about 200 community stakeholders in attendance.

Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro gave the welcome and stressed the importance of health to the viability of the county.

"Making Summit County a healthy place to live and work is very important; not only on a daily basis, but as we look forward to the future, the health of our community requires physically and mentally healthy residents."

The presentation was facilitated by Health Commissioner Donna Skoda and ADM Board Executive Director Jerry Craig and focused on the most pressing issues related to the health of Summit County residents.

Among the many topics discussed, chronic disease, the opiate epidemic, suicide prevention and maternal and child health were a few that were reported on in the most detail.

A sampling of the Summit County data that was presented included:

Approximately 50 percent of residents are classified as either overweight or obese.

Approximately 12 percent of Summit County residents live in a food desert, meaning they have to travel significant distances to a grocery store, and 55% of all restaurants are classified as fast food.

The overall infant mortality rate is 7.4 deaths per 1,000 live births. Black women in Summit County are disproportionately affected by premature births, which is a risk factor for infant mortality.

Opiate overdoses are increasing; Summit County went from 3-4 per day in the first six months to an average of 11 per day since July.

Alcohol addiction is still the most common problem for which treatment is requested in Summit County and marijuana is the most common drug utilized by Summit County youth.

Death by suicides are trending up with the most at risk group being working age men.

For more information, or to view the presentation in its entirety, visit http://www.scphoh.org/PAGES/REPORTS.html