Trumbull County reports alarming number of drug overdoses in 1 day

Officials in Trumbull County said there has been a spike in overdoses over a 24-hour period

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WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Trumbull County officials are reporting a large number of overdoses in the county over the past day.

There have been 18 overdoses in a 24-hour period, two of which were fatal, according to the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board and the Trumbull County Combined Health District.

“From what we’re being told, it is pure fentanyl. Very little heroin is being found. It is pure fentanyl,” said Lauren Thorp, with the Mental Health and Recovery Board.

She said there’s been more this month.

“We’ve talked to the Trumbull County Combined Health District and they told us that in the first week of September alone, there were 37 overdoses. In all of August, we had 77 overdoses. So we’ve been seeing this trend of overdoses increasing this month but in the last 24 hours has been our biggest period of growth.”

In each of the cases over the past 24 hours, multiple doses of naloxone — an opioid reversal drug — were required to save the overdose victims.

“We’ve also heard of people being put on IV drips of naloxone because it does not stay in the system for a long period of time,” Thorp said. “It is possible for the drug to work immediately and then after the amount of time, it will wear off and a person will go back into that overdose state.”

Health Commissioner Frank Migliozzi said the number of overdoses in the area is raising concerns.

The Health District is recommending those with drug addictions to call the Coleman Access Center at 330-392-1100 for screening and placement into treatment. After-hours, people can call 211 to reach the Help Network of Northeast Ohio.

People without Medicaid or private insurance can still get help, according to April Caraway, the executive director of the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board.

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