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Opioid Crisis: Opioidosis Deaths Kill 31 Percent In Ohio County Due To Free Narcan

In the midst of what is considered to be the nation's worst public health crisis so far in the 21st century, an Ohio county dramatically reduces the number of deaths related to opioid overdoses. A new report shows that deaths in overdose have decreased by 31 percent in Hamilton County, which includes Cincinnati. There was also a decrease of 42 percent in emergency visits. Health officials receive a new program that delivers Narcan free drug abuse. One hundred fifteen Americans die daily from opioid overdoses. CBS News correspondent Don Dahler and his team went to Hamilton County and talked to people facing the crisis on their heads. "It's just cardiac failure that happens out there and it has to end … It's a terrible thing for a mom to go through," said Kathie Mead. She watched her daughter Amy, struggling with opioid addiction from 1 4 to 30 years "Every time my phone would ring, I would like to think," Is this a fighter's office that requires me to identify and identify her body? "" Mead said. Mead daughter, Amy Parker, also used when she was pregnant with her daughter, Chloe. "They finally decided that the right thing to do and the best thing for her was to sign my parental rights," said Parker. (L to R) Chloe, Amy Parker and Kathie Mead CBS News Chloe is one of more than 2.5 million children living with grandparents due to parents dependency. "It makes me feel sad because she was not…

In the midst of what is considered to be the nation’s worst public health crisis so far in the 21st century, an Ohio county dramatically reduces the number of deaths related to opioid overdoses. A new report shows that deaths in overdose have decreased by 31 percent in Hamilton County, which includes Cincinnati. There was also a decrease of 42 percent in emergency visits. Health officials receive a new program that delivers Narcan free drug abuse.

One hundred fifteen Americans die daily from opioid overdoses. CBS News correspondent Don Dahler and his team went to Hamilton County and talked to people facing the crisis on their heads.

“It’s just cardiac failure that happens out there and it has to end … It’s a terrible thing for a mom to go through,” said Kathie Mead. She watched her daughter Amy, struggling with opioid addiction from 1

4 to 30 years

“Every time my phone would ring, I would like to think,” Is this a fighter’s office that requires me to identify and identify her body? “” Mead said.

Mead daughter, Amy Parker, also used when she was pregnant with her daughter, Chloe.

“They finally decided that the right thing to do and the best thing for her was to sign my parental rights,” said Parker.

 ctm-1217-family- affected-by-opioid-addiction.jpg (L to R) Chloe, Amy Parker and Kathie Mead

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Chloe is one of more than 2.5 million children living with grandparents due to parents dependency.

“It makes me feel sad because she was not really around for most of my life.” And she missed important milestones, “Chloe said. “19659002” It’s hard for me to look at her pictures when she was young because I was not there … when she took her first step. I was not there when she started schooling, “said Parker.

Ohio had 4,854 inadvertent drug overdose with death last year and 444 of them were in Hamilton County. Tim Ingram, Hamilton County Public Health Commissioner, said opioid addiction is a” big problem “in the area.

” So we began to think, “How are we going to keep people alive … until they’re ready for treatment?” “Ingram said.

The answer? Narcan, an opioid- returning drug. It revives the patient within seconds.

Since October October, Narcan Distribution Cooperation has distributed more than 37,000 Narcan doses to the public.

“We got this idea …” What would happen if we saturated society, took away the cost, used data to put Narcan out in as many hands as possible? “Ingram said.

Since the program started, opioid-related deaths decreased by 31 percent, and acute cases of overdose decreased by 37 percent. We saw the first hand when we embedded with a team of first responders in Hamilton County. Last year they saw eight eight overdose calls per day. This year it is about five. And the day we were there: zero.

Dr. Shawn Ryan helped launch the collaboration between Narcan distribution. Seventy-five percent of his patients with severe opioid use were repeated once with Narcan.

“There is a potential that almost none of these people would have been treated if they had not had Narcan available,” said Ryan.

Narcan gave Parker a second chance of life. She has been sober for more than six years and now helps others recover.

“I wonder, you know,” why me? Why did I get through all this? Why did I survive? “And I know it’s because I have a message,” said Parker. “There’s hope through this.”

“If I had to go through it to get to it, I would do it every day, “Mead said, suffocating with emotions.” I just can not tell you how proud. “

” That overdose saved my life, “Parker said.

” Instead of finishing it, it began, “Mead said.

Narcan contains the medicine naloxone, which works by targeting the brain to reverse and block the effects of opioids – so if there are no opioids in your system, it will not affect you. Narcan is available on something pharmacy without prescription.

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