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Cabell County’s overdose totals drop in first half of 2018

July 5, 2018

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — County EMS records show Cabell County’s overdose totals fell by 41 percent in the first six months of 2018 compared with the same period a year ago.

The Herald-Dispatch reports the use of naloxone — the drug first responders use to reverse an opioid-induced overdose — decreased by 49 percent in the West Virginia county compared to the first half of 2017.

Cabell County EMS director Gordon Merry says everyone is working toward a common goal in combating drug overdoses, and he thinks the effort is “headed in the right direction.”

Overdose reports fell slightly in June to 101, down from 112 in May — the highest single-month total in 2018. A spike in overdose totals in May followed an April total of 62 — the lowest single-month total since January 2016.

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Information from: The Herald-Dispatch, http://www.herald-dispatch.com

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