CINCINNATI (AP) — Hospital emergency workers in a southwest Ohio county have handled an average of nearly 15 overdoses a day since a powerful drug used to sedate elephants was found in heroin in the area about two months ago.
Hamilton County Commissioner Dennis Deters tells The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/2cXdE3u ) the 1,004 overdoses indicate the area has seen a massive infusion of heroin. The overdose count released to the newspaper Thursday includes emergency room information from July 15 to Sept. 21.
The numbers include 174 overdoses that occurred over a six-day period last month, primarily on Cincinnati’s west side. Overdose runs per day have dropped since then, but continue on a pace far above what they were prior to mid-July.
The count includes possible overdoses and all overdoses — not just opioid-related ones.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com