Trumbull seeing ongoing spike in overdoses and deaths


Staff report

WARREN

Trumbull County averaged about two overdose deaths per week in 2016, but the preliminary number of OD deaths the first week of March is five, the Trumbull County coroner’s office has ruled.

Two people died in one 24-hour period Tuesday, and 10 other people overdosed and survived that day in the county, according to the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board and Trumbull County Combined Health District.

The agencies on Friday released a second news release this year on Trumbull County overdoses and deaths because of the high number seen in 2017 following a record number of overdose deaths in 2016 of at least 103.

April Caraway, executive director of the TCMHRB, said there are wait lists at most of the area drug detoxification facilities, but individuals needing help can call the Coleman Access Center at 330-392-1100, and staff will do an assessment and help people find a program.

“We reached out to the state this week and they provided us with more Project DAWN kits because so many are being used in our county,” said Sandy Swann, director of nursing at the Trumbull County Combined Health District.

Project Dawn is the name of the program that provides the opiate-reversal drug naloxone to the combined health district, which distributes it free to the public. Grants from the Valley Care Foundation and TCMHRB are paying for the naloxone kits.

For more information about TCMHRB, visit its website at www.trumbullmhrb.org.

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