In February, The New York Times reported the Dayton, Ohio, coroner’s office handled 25 deaths—18 deaths were from drug overdoses. In January, the same office handled 145 bodies, “in which the victim’s bodies had been destroyed by opioids,” according to the article.
And bodies are now piling up at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office in Ohio.
The article reported that the coroner’s office is “crammed” with bodies and had to ask a neighboring funeral parlor to take in four bodies, a first for the office.
“We’re running at full capacity,” Kenneth M. Betz, the director of the coroner’s office, said in the article. “We’ve never experienced this volume of accidental drug overdoses in our history.”
In recent years, Ohio has been immensely affected by the national opioid epidemic causing fatal overdose rates to quadruple since 2007. Last September, the state made headlines when seven overdoses were reported in the Cleveland area in one day.
Unfortunately, Ohio isn’t the only state witnessing the devastating sweep of the deepening heroin epidemic. Other states such as New Hampshire, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Rhode Island have become the setting for frequent opioid overdoses.
Just last week, the Louisville Metro Emergency Services responded to 52 overdose calls between midnight Wednesday and Friday morning. Most of the calls were reportedly heroin overdoses.
Heroin overdoses overwhelm Louisville, Kentucky
With heroin overdoses on a steady rise in Kentucky, authorities suspect the main culprit could be the newest opioid drug to hit the streets—fentanyl.
Although none of the overdose victims died, clusters of overdose deaths have been prominent in both Ohio and Kentucky in the past month, according to the CNN article.
As the city makes efforts to infiltrate street drug dealers, the mayor plans to hire 150 more officers and add two new squads of detectives to handle narcotic crimes.
The article also noted that hospitals in the area have to use a higher dose of naloxone, an opioid sold under the brand name Narcan that is used to reverse the effects of opioid use and revive repeat patients.
The spikes in overdoses in Kentucky and Ohio are only foreshadowing a new year for the US to continue battling drug deaths.
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