Hamilton County sees recent increase in overdoses
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Officials in Hamilton County say there has been a spike in overdoses in March.
Between March 16 and 18, the number of emergency department visits and dispatch counts doubled from the previous week's average. The emergency department made 36 drug-related visits to Hamilton County residents between 1 a.m. March 17 and 1 a.m. March 18, according to a press release.
Officials at the Hamilton County Public Health, the Cincinnati Health Department and the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition say they are working to increase community awareness and advise first responders, healthcare providers, substance users and their families on the recent spike in overdoses. This includes first responders and healthcare providers having and using protective equipment and carrying Naloxone. They are also asking that substance users not use drugs while alone.
Officials are unsure of the cause of the spike, but they say it may stem from a change in the composition of drugs in these communities, including the addition of other opioids like fentanyl.