Spike in Overdose Deaths Reported in Licking County

NEWARK, Ohio (WTVN)--The Licking County Health Department is reporting a spike in overdoses, including deaths, in a four-day period.

The department says the spike happened between Friday, June 8th, and Monday, June 11th. A release from health officials did not specify the number of overdoses or overdose deaths over that time.

Officials do add that in all of 2017, there were 35 overdose deaths in Licking County, and as of May 1st, 2018 there were 10 deaths contributed to overdose.

The health department is urging residents to carry naloxone, learn how to administer it, and call 9-1-1 when that happens. 

Those that do use drugs that may cause overdose are also urged to seek treatment. 

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