Hamilton County Heroin Coalition issues public health alert after overdose reports increase

15 reported overdoses in 24 hours

CINCINNATI, Ohio (FOX19) - The Hamilton County Heroin Coalition issued an public health alert Sunday after 15 total overdose emergency-room visits were reported over the course of 24 hours.

The alert — which was released in a tweet from Newtown police chief and Hamilton County Heroin Coalition co-chair Tom Synan — advises first responders, healthcare providers, and substance users and their families about the increased risk for overdose in the community.

The amount of Hamilton County overdose emergency-room visits between 6 a.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday has “surpassed statistical thresholds for expected counts,” according to the alert. Calls to 911 dispatch have been also been increasing.

Synan said the spike in overdoses is likely due to increased usage of fentanyl and fentanyl mixed with other substances in the community.

“Stopping fentanyl coming into the county should be the national priority,” Synan tweeted. “This will continue until it is. More needs to be done.”

The alert also includes protective measures that advise first responders, healthcare providers and substance users what to do in the case of an overdose.

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