Kirkersville Police Chief Died Of Fentanyl Overdose

Jul 13, 2018
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An autopsy shows the Kirkersville police chief fatally overdosed on the powerful opioid fentanyl.

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First responders say a total of 12 people in local halfway houses and jails had to be treated for suspected drug overdoses between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.

Washington Court House Police

While many Ohio municipalities are working to decriminalize opioid addiction, the city of Washington Court House in Fayette County has a different - and more dramatic - approach.

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More than 1,340 pharmacies across Ohio are now able to distribute Naloxone - a drug that can reverse a heroin overdose - without a prescription. The change is thanks to a law enacted in 2015 by Governor John Kasich.

Cincinnati-area authorities say lab tests confirm that heroin seized in a recent arrest was mixed with a powerful tranquilizer for elephants.

Cincinnati Sees Estimated 78 Heroin Overdoses In 2 Days

Aug 26, 2016
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CINCINNATI (AP) - Police in Cincinnati are asking for the public's help in finding the source of the suspected heroin behind an estimated 78 overdoses in two days this week.

Man Arrested Following 10 Opiate Overdoses, 2 Deaths

Jul 11, 2016
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One man is in police custody today in connection with 10 opiate overdoses that police officers and firefighters responded to in Columbus on Sunday.

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The coroner in southwest Ohio's largest county says overdose deaths from the powerful painkiller fentanyl have overtaken heroin deaths.


Ohio Department of Public Safety records indicate a drug overdose antidote that can help save addicts on the brink of death was administered more than 12,600 times around the state last year.

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The coroner in Ohio’s largest county is seeing a rise in deaths from the powerful painkiller fentanyl.