WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – There have been 23 overdoses in Trumbull County in the last 48 hours, according to the county’s Mental Health and Recovery Board.
As alarming as that may sound, agencies in Trumbull County have been prepared for this for weeks now.
All 23 people who overdosed were successfully revived with naloxone, an opioid-reversal drug, according to Randee Shoenberger of the Trumbull County Combined Health District.
“Because of Project DAWN [Deaths Avoided With Naloxone] and naloxone being in the hands of many of the police departments and EMTs, the people were saved. They were taken to local hospitals, they were offered to get into detox, treatment, and other programs that can help them,” said April Caraway, executive director of the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board.
Seven of them were female and 17 were male. Their ages ranged from 20 to 63 years old.
About a month ago, a string of deadly overdoses took hold of the Cleveland area. Caraway then issued an alert for local agencies to brace themselves — they knew these powerful drugs would soon be in the area.
“Every time Cleveland, or Akron, or Toledo has a bunch of overdoses, we know that that drug is coming our way. It just always seems to come from the highway system and into our communities,” she said.
Caraway said addicts are mixing fentanyl and heroin with drugs like cocaine for more of a stimulant, thinking it will prevent an overdose.
“It’s just not true. That’s a speedball. It’s been around for a long time and it’s very deadly.”
In order to stop this epidemic, local health officials are reminding people that it can start at home.
“Clean out [your] medicine cabinets. If you have leftover Vicodin, Percocets, we have drop boxes all over the county, disposal sites. Get rid of it because that’s how our kids are starting. They’re starting with pills that they’re finding at home,” Caraway said.
Drop boxes in Trumbull County:
- Bazetta Township Police Department
- Brookfield Police Department
- Champion Police Department
- Hubbard Police Department
- Hubbard Township Police Department
- Kinsman Police Department
- Liberty Township Administration Building
- Lordstown Police Department
- Newton Falls Police Station/Administration Building
- Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office
- Vienna Police Department
- Weathersfield Township Police Department
Those wanting help with addiction can contact the Coleman Access Center, which assesses and screens clients and then makes a referral to a program as appropriate. The Coleman Access Center is located at 552 North Park Ave. in Warren. For more information, call 330-392-1100.
WYTV has a list of local resources for those struggling with a heroin addiction. You can also read more stories about the crisis here.