COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Police say 27 people were treated for opiate overdoses in central Ohio in the last 24 hours. Nine of those overdoses were in the Linden area.
Columbus Police Sgt. Rich Weiner said in a release that police and fire responded to several overdose calls throughout the day on the city’s north side. He said the overdosed individuals were “within a short distance of one another.”
The coroner says some deaths have been reported.
Police advise that there could be highly-potent, dangerous units of heroin circulating in the central Ohio area. Police ask all individuals in possession of heroin should destroy their units. Investigators are actively working to determine the origin of the product.
Because of the increase in overdoses, Columbus Public Health is urging residents to consider the following recommendations:
- Secure naloxone. It can save your life or the life of a loved one. Depending on the potency of the drug, you may need to utilize several doses.
- If you choose to use, please do not use alone. Have someone else present.
- When you use with someone else present, take turns so someone is conscious to help out if you OD
- When and if you choose to use, consider testing new heroin for potency first.