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Overdose spike reported

WARREN — Overdoses spiked in Trumbull County in May and June, according to the Trumbull County Combined Health District and the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board.

“There were 90 total overdoses in the month of May and 107 in the month of June,” Frank Migliozzi, health commissioner of the Trumbull County Combined Health District, said. “This is the highest number of overdoses we’ve seen since our deadliest year in 2017.”

“We attribute this increase due to fentanyl being mixed with other substances, primarily cocaine,” April Caraway, executive director of the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, said. “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.”

Migliozzi said fentanyl appeared in every fatal overdose for 2020, according to toxicology reports from the county coroner’s office.

People who need addiction treatment are encouraged to call the Help Networkof NE Ohio at 211.

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