Report: More than 1,000 ODs hit Ohio county in 2 months


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.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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