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Huntington sees 26 overdoses in one evening

Herald-Dispatch photo by Lori Wolfe Huntington police officers and Cabell County EMS workers respond to multiple overdose calls on Sycamore Street and St. Louis Avenue Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, in Huntington.

Herald-Dispatch photo by Lori Wolfe
Huntington police officers and Cabell County EMS workers respond to multiple overdose calls on Sycamore Street and St. Louis Avenue Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Around 3:30 p.m. Monday, reports of overdoses started pouring into Cabell County 911 Dispatch. By 9 p.m., 26 overdoses had been reported, more than Cabell County EMS responds to in a week.

Cabell County EMS Director Gordon Merry said all the victims had been revived using naloxone; however, the heroin they had used was laced with a substance so strong, it sometimes took more than one dose of the opioid overdose-reversing drug to revive them.

“I know it will be too late when this is printed,” Merry said, “but if you have heroin please see what is going on and don’t use it. It could be your last time. People aren’t familiar with what it is cut with and right now we don’t know what it’s been cut with.”

 Most of the overdoses occurred in an area surrounding Marcum Terrace, leading officials to believe the cases were connected.

Dan Corn, Huntington resident who lives near where four of the first reported overdoses took place on Sycamore Street, said it was a sad thing to see…

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