The Fight Against Drug Abuse Continues
For Immediate Release
August 22, 2016
The first quarter of 2016 saw a 130% increase in the number of drug overdose deaths in Montgomery County compared to the first quarter of 2015, according to the Poisoning Death Review Report released today.
Montgomery County Poisoning Death Review tracks and analyzes unintentional drug overdose deaths for Montgomery County. The review and report is conducted by Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Center for Interventions, Treatment and Addictions Research in collaboration with Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
The report indicates an increase in deaths from illicit Fentanyl in the community. It also indicates an urgent need to increase Naloxone distribution and to link drug users to treatment. Family members of persons at risk of a drug overdose or those using opiates should consider carrying Naloxone. Naloxone is a life-saving medication that, if administered during an opiate overdose can potentially save the life of the individual.
“The overall findings of the report are devastating. We have seen a 26% increase in the use of illicit Fentanyl in people who have died of drug overdoses. This causes an alarming concern.” reports Robert Carlson, Ph.D., Wright State University.
“There is an urgent need in the community to work collaboratively to address this continued epidemic,” said Jeff Cooper, Health Commissioner, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County. “By utilizing a network of programs and services that are integrated with one another, we hope to see a reduction of deaths through overdose.”
Public Health, along with its community partners are working on expanding the capacity of the treatment and recovery system.
For more information on how to obtain and use Naloxone through Project DAWN, contact Crisis Care at 937-224-4646.