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Hamilton County seeing 'significant' spike in overdose numbers

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Hamilton County Public Health is warning of a continued spike in overdose activity.

"We are seeing significantly elevated overdose numbers," stated a release from Public Information Officer Mike Samet.

Officials said that for March 16-18, the daily emergency department visits and 911 calls are double the previous week average.

As of 1 a.m. Saturday, a total of 36 drug-related ER visits were recorded during the previous 24 hour period in Hamilton County.

Local public health partners and the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition are updating a previously issued public alert to push awareness of the increased risk for overdose.

They're asking people to carry naloxone, use personal protective equipment and avoid using street drugs alone.

Officials said they do not know what is driving the increased spike in overdose.

However, they suspect that a change in the composition of street drugs is to blame. 

In the past, increases in overdoses have been linked to drugs being mixed with opiates, fentanyl, carfentanil and other synthetics. 

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