Data shows few repeat OD revivals

Warren police used 165 kits of Narcan in 2017

WARREN — Overdose statistics for 2017 show few people were revived from drug overdoses on multiple occasions in Warren, which is the Trumbull County community hardest hit by accidental drug overdoses.

There were 1,254 drug overdoses that resulted in treatment at a hopsital in the county last year, and about 602 of those occurred in Warren, according to information compiled by the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board and the Trumbull County Combined Health District.

“Of the people revived in 2017 by the Warren City Police Department, only 21 people were revived two different times and one person was revived four different times, which is a much smaller number than the total number of people saved by naloxone,” said Frank Migliozzi, county health commissioner.

The department used 165 Narcan kits, and some people were given more than one dose, Migliozzi said.

“Without Project Dawn, and naloxone, the overdose reversal drug, 1,124 more Trumbull County residents would have died,” said April Caraway, executive director of the mental health and recovery board.

In 2017, an estimated 130 people died from an accidental drug overdose, according to the Trumbull County Coroner’s Office. Toxicology reports confirm 74 died of the cause, and 56 other cases are suspected overdoses, but toxicology screens haven’t been returned. In 2016, 107 died in Trumbull County.

Caraway said there is a myth in the community that people continually overdose, get revived, overdose again, get revived again and continue on that cycle. But the data shows otherwise, Caraway said.

And in a positive trend for the county in the midst of the drug epidemic, the mental health and recovery board’s annual study of Trumbull County students’ use of alcohol, marijuana and cigarettes shows the substances are being used by fewer kids.

“We are very pleased to report that since the 2013-2014 school year, there has been a decline of reported drug use across all ages,” said Laura Domitrovich, children’s program coordinator for the board.

The attention the opioid epidemic is drawing is likely one of the reasons fewer students in grades six, eight and 10 — polled in seven school districts in December — report using drugs, according to the board.

“Youth are more aware of the dangers of drugs. This is indicated in the survey, as the students’ perception of risk has steadily increased since 2013,” a news release from Domitrovich states.

In the 2013-2014 school year, 22.7 percent of high school sophomores reported using marijuana within 30 days of the Pride Survey. The percentage went down to 20.2 percent in the 2015-2016 school year and down to 14.8 percent in the latest survey. Alcohol use for kids the same age went from 24.7 percent in the 2013-2014 school year to 18.9 percent in the latest survey.

There are also more prevention efforts in local schools.

“Last school year, the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board funded prevention services in 19 school districts,” Caraway said.

Drug testing and drug education mandates that begin in kindergarten are also helping, Caraway said.

The majority of kids that use illicit substances do it at home or a friend’s house and on the weekend, Domitrovich said, demonstrating the importance of parental supervision.

Parents should set clear rules and talk to their kids, Domitrovich said.

“Students who reported that their parents talked to them often about drugs and set clear rules were significantly less likely to have used illicit drugs,” Domitrovich said.