Hamilton Co. Health Dept. Issues Warning After Overdoses Surge
By Mike Perleberg
(Hamilton County, Oh.) – A spike in drug overdoses have Hamilton County health officials issuing a warning to opioid users, their families, and first responders.
Emergency rooms across the county had 18 visits for overdoses between 6:00 a.m. Saturday, November 11 and 6:00 a.m. Sunday, November 12.
There were another 20 overdose calls between Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10.
Health officials suspect a mix of illicit street drugs including heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, and other synthetics are behind the OD’s.
“Local public health partners and the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition are issuing this alert to increase community awareness and advise first responders, healthcare providers, and substance users and their families of the increased risk for overdose in our community. This alert should serve as notice to consider adjusting response capacity and implementing necessary protective measures,” The health department notice stated.
This past weekend’s overdose surge is the largest since the end of September.
11/12/17 PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT: Overdose Activity Increases pic.twitter.com/UcQFm7JZIG
— Cincinnati Health (@cincihealthdept) November 12, 2017