Report: Fatal Montgomery Co. drug overdoses up 130% in 2016

Montgomery County Coroner's Office. (WDTN, Justin Kraus)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The number of overdoses in Montgomery County is up 130% in the first quarter of 2016, compared to the same time in 2015, according to the Poisoning Death Review Report, released by Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County.

The report shows an increase in deaths from illicit Fentanyl in the community, according to PHDMC. “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,” according to PHDMC.

So far in 2016, there have been 85 unintentional drug overdose deaths, compared to 37 in 2015, according to the report.

There is a decreasing trend of heroin-related deaths, according to the report, that says in 2015, 45% of deaths were related to heroin, whereas in 2016, it’s 32% so far in the first quarter of 2016, according to the report.

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“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.”

For more information on how to obtain and use Naloxone through Project DAWN, contact Crisis Care at 937-224-4646. To download the full report visit Public Health’s website.

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 Montgo

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mery County Coroner’s Office.

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