Latest Trumbull County overdose-death report shows another increase


Staff report

WARREN

Trumbull County is on pace to exceed last year’s record number of drug-overdose deaths – with three months remaining this year.

The latest statistics from the county coroner’s office confirm that 60 people died from overdoses in the county through July 22.

Up to 50 more people who died since then are likely to be added to the list, said Shelley Mazanetz, chief investigator for Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk.

There were 107 overdose deaths in 2016, a record.

It takes a couple of months from the date of death until confirmatory test results return to the coroner’s office.

The 50 more deaths since July 22 would represent a large increase since the first half of the year, Mazanetz said.

“September was absurd,” Mazanetz said of overdose deaths. But just as crazy was the number of overdoses – fatal and nonfatal.

“Did a shipment [of especially deadly drugs] come in the month of September?” she wondered.

Alerts from the Ohio Department of Health and local health agencies in the second half of September indicated that the public needed to be alerted to the danger of overdosing. The overdose numbers reported included deaths and people revived with naloxone.

September saw at least 195 such overdoses, the highest number on record since July 2016, when the number started being recorded.

Of the 60 deaths through July 22, most included fentanyl, though some were heroin, cocaine and methadone.

Four were from the more powerful carfentanil and drugs slightly different from carfentanil. One person’s body had five different drugs.

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