Thirty Overdoses in Twelve Days

Emergency medical crews in Marion, Ohio have become accustomed to handling overdoses in their city of 37,000 residents. The city is 100 miles south of the capital of Columbus and heroin is not a new problem in this area. On a usual night, they might be called to one heroin overdose. So they were stunned when, starting on May 20th, the number of overdoses almost tripled. By the time June first rolled around, 30 overdoses had been reported. 

The drug causing the spike in overdoses is called “blue drop” heroin, a mixture of heroin and the strong prescription painkiller fentanyl. The combination is said to be responsible for 56 overdoses and 5 deaths in the area since mid-April of this year. Authorities are working industriously to discover where the drug is coming from so they may cut off its distribution.

“We were going from one to another to another, sometimes going back to the same house twice in one day for two different people,” said Marion Ohio Police Chief Bill Collins

Fentanyl is a painkiller 50 times stronger than morphine. Because of its strength, it’s normally administered in hospitals or in patch form so that no overdose is possible. The fentanyl mixed with this heroin is an illicitly-manufactured form of the drug that’s being mixed with heroin to enable drug dealers to reap more profits. 

Luckily, the emergency medical crews had been trained in the use of Narcan. This drug blocks the action of opiates and revives an overdose victim. Because of the availability of Narcan, only two people who overdosed lost their lives. 

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