Lethal combination of cocaine, fentanyl showing up in Northeast Ohio autopsy reports

Lethal combination of cocaine, fentanyl showing up in Northeast Ohio autopsy reports

TRUMBULL COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - There have been 29 overdose deaths in Trumbull County so far this year, and a deadly batch of drugs may be to blame.

According to the Trumbull County Combined Health District and the county's Mental Health and Recovery Board, a mixture of cocaine and fentanyl is circulating in the region.

"Across the nation, there has been an increase in overdose deaths by people who primarily use cocaine. This leads us to believe that they are unknowingly getting cocaine laced with fentanyl," said April Caraway, executive director of the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board.

The top three substances showing up in the Trumbull County toxicology reports include:

  1. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that can cause users to stop breathing
  2. Cocaine
  3. Heroin

The health district urges anyone seeking help with addiction to reach out to the Coleman Access Center for detox and treatment programs.

"We have free Naloxone kits for anyone wanting to obtain the overdose reversal and prevention education kit," said Kathy Parrilla of the Trumbull County Combined Health District. "Please call us to make an appointment at 330-675-2489."

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