UNPRECEDENTED WAVE OF HEROIN OVERDOSES HITS CINCINNATI
The original numbers were startling enough — 30 heroin overdoses across Cincinnati in a single weekend. Then they just kept climbing.
Another 78 overdoses and at least three deaths were reported during a 48-hour period last Tuesday and Wednesday.
And at the end of the week, after a sixday stretch of emergency room visits that exhausted first responders and their medical supplies, the overdose tally soared to a number health officials are calling “unprecedented”: 174.
On average, Cincinnati sees four overdose reports per day, the reported, and usually no more than 20 or 25 in a given week.
But pure heroin is what’s responsible for that average. And that’s not what’s on the streets now, they say. The culprit responsible for the staggering number of 174 was likely heroin cut with the latest opioid boost meant to deliver consumers a stronger, extended high — carfentanil. That’s a tranquilizer for, among other large animals, elephants. And it’s 100,000 stronger than morphine.