Thur. 11:15 a.m.: Overdoses spike in Trumbull County
WARREN – The Trumbull County Combined Health District and the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board today are reporting an increase in overdoses in the county for the months of May and June.
According to figures released by Frank Migliozzi, health commissioner of the Trumbull County Combined Health District, 90 overdoses were reported in May and 107 were reported in June.
“Thisis the highest number of overdoses we’ve seen since our deadliest year in 2017,” said Migliozzi.
April Caraway, executive director of the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, attributed the increase to fentanyl being mixed with other substances, primarily cocaine.
“You can’t see, taste, or smell fentanyl, and there is no ‘safe’ drug use. But there are many treatment options here, and I implore people to get the addiction treatment they need.”
Fentanyl is a drug much stronger than heroin. It is a potent synthetic opioid with a rapid onset that can cause prolonged respiratory distress.
“In toxicology reviews for 2020, fentanyl has appeared in every fatal overdose,” Migliozzi said.
Those needing addiction help may call Help Network of NE Ohio at 211 day or night. If you need an assessment and linked to detox or treatment, call the Coleman Access Center at 330-392-1100.
To obtain overdose prevention education and a free Project DAWN Kit, call the Trumbull County Combined Health District at 330-675-2489.