Overdose grip tightens

WARREN — The grip that drug overdoses have on Trumbull County is tightening now that public and mental health officials are reporting there have been 49 since Sept. 15.

At least five people have died in that span from drug overdoses.

The 15 more overdoses Thursday into Friday morning raises the total in September to 145, putting Trumbull County on pace to surpass the most overdoses in a month — 189 in March, according to numbers from the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board.

Multiple doses of naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, have been required to resuscitate overdose victims. Since Jan. 1, there have been 964 overdoses that required the drug, numbers show.

“Without Project DAWN, and naloxone … 900 other Trumbull County residents would have died,” said April Caraway, executive director of the mental health and recovery board, in a release Friday.

Project DAWN (Death Avoidance With Naloxone) is administered through the Trumbull County Combined Health District and provides training and naloxone kits to families, friends, social workers and law enforcement.

Trumbull County Health Commissioner Frank Migliozzi released the overdose numbers to police agencies and Trumbull County commissioners so they have a “heightened awareness” of the issue plaguing the county, according to the release. Commissioners in April declared a state of emergency in the county because of the high number of deaths linked to opioids.

Those who are ready to seek help can call the Coleman Access Center any time of day or night for an assessment, screening and program referral at 330-392-1100 or 211. Naloxone and training on how to administer it can be obtained through the Trumbull County Combined Health District by calling 330-675-2590, Option 3.