Cincinnati sees 20 heroin overdoses in hours

Heroin epidemic. (WDTN Photo)
Heroin epidemic. (WDTN File Photo)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WLWT) —More than 20 heroin overdoses were reported across Cincinnati Tuesday night, the majority of which were reported on the west side.

Most of the overdoses were reported between 7 and 9 p.m., police said.

Officials said the majority of the overdoses were reported in District 3, which covers around 20 square miles on the city’s west side. District 3 officials said they responded to 19 heroin overdoses in the district within hours Tuesday night.

Police said the overdoses in the district were not concentrated to any specific neighborhood.

“The Cincinnati Police Department has received preliminary information that there have been a very high number of heroin related overdoses in the area today,” Lt. Steve Saunders said. “This has been generalized on the west side of Cincinnati, but it does not mean this compound is not in other areas.”

Police are looking into whether these overdoses may be connected, possibly by a potent batch. Investigators said they are processing each scene to look for connections.

WLWT’s Dan Griffin was on hand when police responded to an overdose in District 5. Officials said a 6-year-old boy was in the car with his father, who passed out in the gas station’s parking lot.

“I started crying. I did,” said Shell manager Joyce Alexander. “I started crying and I asked him questions. I got him calmed down, gave him a toy to play with and he said his mom’s in jail and he lives with his grandma. It’s sad.”

Officials said each person who overdosed was revived with Narcan. Police said no deaths were reported.

A large number of overdoses has also been reported in a southeast Indiana county, about 75 miles west of Cincinnati.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles with the Indiana State Police said that 11 overdoses have been reported in Jennings County.

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