3 dead in more than 96 heroin ODs in 4 days

The cost of heroin
Fire crews scramble to keep up with heroin overdoses Wednesday. (FOX19 NOW)
Fire crews scramble to keep up with heroin overdoses Wednesday. (FOX19 NOW)
Three people have died in more than 96 heroin overdoses this week, authorities said Friday.
The latest numbers indicate a decrease in heroin overdoses. 
  • Friday: 10
  • Thursday: 24
  • Wednesday: 46
  • Tuesday: 21

?By comparison, two deaths and 20-25 overdoses are reported on average weekly in Hamilton County.

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The most recently victim is a woman found dead when Cincinnati police and fire crews responded to the 1000 block of Winfield Avenue in West Price Hill about 4:30 a.m. Thursday, said Lt. Steve Saunders, police spokesman.

A man called 911 and reported his 20-year-old girlfriend on the ground from a heroin overdose, initial emergency reports indicate.

On Wednesday, 2 people died in 46 heroin overdoses reported in the city of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the leader of the county's heroin task force told FOX19 NOW Thursday morning.
Forty-one of those overdoses were in Cincinnati, mostly in the District 3 area, said Lt. Steve Saunders, police spokesman.
The other five were in various Hamilton County communities, said Tom Synan of the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition Task Force.
The deaths were reported in Avondale and  Mt. Healthy.

The man who died in Avondale is in his 30s and was found outside Rally’s on Reading Road, police said. Synan had no information on the Mt. Healthy fatal heroin overdose victim.

First responders were swamped with runs to overdoses all over the Queen City Wednesday and early Thursday.
One fire truck in Price Hill even ran out of Narcan at one point  on Wednesday.
This followed Tuesday’s spike of 21 overdoses in about 9 hours.
The overdose outbreak began back on Saturday, Synan said. Thirty overdoses were reported over the weekend.
Police and the county heroin task force are continuing to look into whether the overdoses are connected by a possibly potent batch.
Synan and Saunders both said Thursday they cannot confirm if the new shipments of heroin into the city contain carfentanil, fentanyl or other elements that makes heroin even deadlier.

But it's clear there's something different about this batch that hit the region hard.

“We don’t typically see this number of overdose a day,” Saunders said.
Some of the people overdosing are repeat offenders. 
"Sometimes it's the same patients that we might have seen last week.  Sometimes it's the same patient you saw in the morning,” said Lt. Mark Schwetschenau of the Cincinnati Fire Department.
The Narcan that’s administered to users who have overdosed costs $32. A city spokesperson said the cost of Narcan is split between grant money and taxpayer money, and says that the cost has increased over the years from $15 a dose. 
On top of that, there is a cost to administer it and a cost for the EMS run.
The city spokesperson said the medical supplies budget for the city in the 2017 fiscal year budget is $460,000, and included within the budget is Narcan, as well as other medical supplies.
With at least 21 overdoses on Tuesday night and 41 more on Wednesday, that adds up to almost $1,700 in Narcan used with each dose costing $32.
"We don't know ahead of time where it's going to happen or who's going to use it.  We can only respond right now when they call 911,” Schwetschenau said.
Police are asking anyone with information on the source of this heroin to immediately call Crime Stoppers: 513-352-3040

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