Synthetic opiates may be to blame for OD spike

Synthetic opiates may be to blame for OD spike

HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Overdoses spiked over the weekend in Hamilton County with 20 reported - 18 of those sending people to emergency rooms at local hospitals - possibly due to synthetic opiates, authorities announced in a health alert Monday.

The surge Thursday through Sunday is up from the eight to 10 overdoses typical daily in Hamilton County.

"Currently we do not know what may be driving this recent change in activity," reads the alert, issued by Cincinnati Health Department, Hamilton County Heroin Coalition and Hamilton County Public Health.

"However, the increased risk is evident and drawing upon recent past increases in activity, a change in the composition of illicit street drugs in our community is likely (including mixtures of opiates, fentanyl, carfentanil, and other synthetics)."

The alert warns people to carry the opioid overdose antidote naloxone and cautioned the public not to use drugs alone.

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