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Trumbull agencies report 23 people saved from overdoses in 48 hours

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Staff report

WARREN

Twenty-three people in Trumbull County were revived with the opiate-reversal drug naloxone in the last 48 hours, the county Mental Health and Recovery Board and county combined health district announced Friday afternoon in a news release.

“I had let our agencies know to brace for this because Cleveland had a huge number of overdoses two to three weeks ago, and that’s about how long it takes for the drugs to reach us,” said April Caraway, executive director of the TCMHB.

“Fentanyl and heroin are being mixed with cocaine because people think the stimulant will keep them from overdosing, and that is just not true,” Caraway said.

Randee Shoenberger of the health district said Trumbull hospitals, recovery houses, agency housing and law-enforcement agencies have access to enough naloxone through Project DAWN “to keep reviving people.”

Project DAWN is the statewide naloxone-distribution project, which is locally available at the health district. Naloxone is free to the public through several grants.

Anyone wanting help with addiction can contact the Coleman Access Center, which will assess and screen clients and then make a referral to a program that’s appropriate, the release says.

Call 330-392-1100 or 211 for local help through this 24/7 service, the release says. The access center is at 552 N. Park Ave.

For people who need detoxification, the length of stay is generally five to seven days, Caraway said. Clients then step down to longer-term treatment, recovery housing or to intensive outpatient services, she added.

For information about the mental health and recovery board, visit the website at www.trumbullmhrb.org or call 330-675-2765.