Ross Co. issues warning after high number of overdoses

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A warning issued to the residents of Ross County, after its health district reports nine overdoses and one death in just three days.

“The sole purpose of that is just to save lives,” said Michelle McAllister a coordinator for the Heroin Partnership Project. 

This community response warning was issued by the Ross County Health District.

It warns people of the “unusually high number of sudden overdoses.” It causing first responders to use more naloxone.

“We had a couple of individuals who has one, two, three, four doses,” said Melonie Oiler with the Ross County Health District. 

This comes after Ross County officials said they were seeing a decrease in the number of overdoses in the first quarter of 2018. 

This was an issue Ross County health officials believed they started to get under control.

There are signs that warn of “Drug Intervention Zones,” which is a reminder of the drug issue in the county.

Here are some numbers from the Ross County Health District that show some progress.

In 2016 there were a total of 502 naloxone doses given and 44 overdose deaths.

In 2017 there were 511 naloxone does given and 34 overdose deaths.

In the first 3 months of 2018 the health district says it’s seen 57 total overdoses and six deaths countywide. Those numbers would put them on track for 240 overdoses and 24 deaths for the entire year.

Now, this spike of 9 overdoses from April 30 to May 2 is concerning.

“It really makes my heart sad,” said Jessica Young who’s a recovering addict. 

Young is about to celebrate one year of sobriety on May 16, but says she never forgets how it all began.

“Put on pain pills when I was like 25 and it was over from there. It just escalated higher and higher up the scale.”

Young said she’s never Od’d, but people she knew did. 

“But I’d been there when one of my friends had and it was kind of a really scary situation.”

Her friend lived, and Young says she’s happy that through recovery she has a second chance at life.

“Yes very grateful to be alive, because I probably shouldn’t be.”

The Ross County Health District urges anyone who wants to be trained in naloxone to contact this office. 

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