Overdose Deaths Down 20 Percent In Hamilton County


(Cincinnati) - Overdose deaths declined in Hamilton County last year.

The Hamilton County Heroin Coalition held its State of the Heroin Crisis news conference today and officials say there's been an increase in addiction treatment and prevention in the county.

Clean needles and naloxone are now more accessible than ever and officers say they're seeing fewer drugs.

Despite this, County Commissioner Denise Driehaus says a bad batch of drugs could change everything.

County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco says around 440 overdose deaths were recorded in 2018, down from 570 the year before.

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