In the past three weeks, there have been almost 300 overdoses and three deaths from heroin in the Cincinnati area.
Law enforcement and government officials plan to appear before a judge for a hearing about the recent surge of drug overdoses in the Cincinnati area.
Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil said Friday that the substance turned out to be heroin combined with carfentanil and fentanyl. The drug, used to sedate elephants, can be thousands of times stronger than morphine. It's hurting people. It's killing people.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, users might not know they are even taking the drug, as dealers have been cutting heroin with fentanyl to give it a boost and stretch their supply.
"Turn it in, get it off the streets; get it out of your homes, out of your families", Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco said Wednesday, urging residents to turn in drugs that could be "extremely deadly".
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OH senator Rob Portman issued a statement Tuesday regarding the Hamilton County Coroner's Office finding that carfentanil was found in heroin ingested during a recent overdose spike.
At least five other overdose deaths since mid-July are suspected to be connected to heroin laced with carfentanil, Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco told a news conference. Behind her is Hamiliton County Sheriff Jim Neil.
The head of a Cincinnati area drug task force wants the state of OH to declare a public health emergency to free up more resources for fighting heroin after a sudden overdose spike.
Hiram Polk, the Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner, likened the drug scourge to a tornado and said it was "tied to a number of overdoses, hospitalizations and deaths across the county and needs public attention now".
A spokeswoman for Republican Gov. John Kasich, Emmalee Kalmbach, said the state is continuing to work with Cincinnati area officials to strengthen prevention, treatment and other resources. Synan Jr. wants the state of OH to declare a public health emergency to free up more resources for fighting heroin after a sudden overdose spike.