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Fentanyl test strips floated as way to fight overdoses in Dayton area

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 3:37 PM

(AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
Cliff Owen
(AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)(Cliff Owen)

A local woman wants more people in the Dayton area to know about low-price test strips that detect fentanyl in street drugs, and proponents say could help opioid abusers avoid fatal overdoses.

In 2017, overdoses claimed 562 people in Montgomery County and 64,000 in the United States the previous year. Tests on 100 of the overdose cases here showed 99 percent tested positive for fentanyl, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

RELATED: Residents weigh in on drug crisis: ‘People are in despair and hopeless’

Sheila Humphrey presented information this week to the support group Families of Addicts, encouraging the organization to invest in the cheap test strips that look similar to a pregnancy test and cost around $1.

Humphrey, who said she is a peer advocate with a family member in recovery, bought the first round of test strips online out of pocket and said by next week the she’ll be ready to hand out the test strips.

“We’re going to make them available to anyone that needs them, whether its a parent or someone in active addiction or even somebody in recovery if for whatever reason they relapse,” she said.

“We’re interested in learning and exploring,” Families of Addicts founder Lori Erion said Thursday following the meeting.

Erion said Families of Addicts would need more information before incorporating test strips into their efforts. But while Erion said she still has questions, the tests trips seems like they could have a place.

RELATED: Prescription opioids fail rigorous new test for chronic pain

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 30 to 50 times stronger than heroin and up to 100 times stronger than morphine. When drugs like fentanyl are mixed with heroin, it makes it more potent and unpredictable.

Everyone with an addiction is going to be in a different stage of change, Erion said. A test strip might not mean much for someone who is at a point where they don’t care about living anymore, but it might be helpful for someone who is thinking about treatment.

“No matter what anyone comes up with, it’s not going to be a blanket solution for everybody,” she said.

Humphrey said the strips will be a cheap way to get someone to pause for a second and think about what they are doing.

“That’s another second they are pausing and thinking this over,” she said.

Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County is researching test strips and seeking guidance from the state, but at this point doesn’t have plans to pass them out.

“It’s being discussed, but there’s no resolution,” Dan Suffoletto, spokesman at Public Health, said.

Erion said one of the layers to the issue is that at this point most heroin has the presence of fentanyl. So unless the test results tell a user how much has been added, they might not provide any new information.

John Hopkins University published a study that shows the low-cost test strips can detect the presence of fentanyl with a high degree of accuracy.

RELATED: Dayton VA opioid prescriptions down 44 percent

The study cautioned that there can still be false results and that public health experts advise that any drug-checking program should include harm reduction counseling, health education, and connection to services including treatment.

Dennis Cauchon, of Harm Reduction Ohio, which advocates for drug policy reform, was at the Dayton meeting to support making these test strips available, and said a user will still use the heroin, but they might reduce the dose.

“You can’t get a heroin user into recovery if they are dead so you need to meet drug users where they are and keep them alive for another day and this information can keep them alive for another day,” he said.

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FedEx truck crashes off westbound I-70

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:20 AM

SCENE: FedEx truck jackknifes on I-70 near Hoke Road

A FedEx truck crashed off westbound Interstate 70 during snowy conditions early Wednesday morning.

The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. on westbound I-70 near the Hoke Road exit in Englewood.

The semi appears to have been hauling two trailers. The semi is in the ditch, and the exit ramp onto Hoke Road is blocked.

>> How the winter storm will impact your morning commute, travel plans

Several crashes and slide-offs have been reported across the area. A Winter Storm Advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. tonight.

>> RELATED: Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility 

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Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:26 AM

SCENE: Traffic backed up at US 35 and I-675
SCENE: Traffic backed up at US 35 and I-675

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect as a possible 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected through the morning. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Butler and Warren counties until 8 p.m.

Snow is falling steady, and drifting will be a problem with gusts reaching 25 to 35 mph.

>> How the winter storm will impact your morning commute, travel plans

>> AAA wants you to remember these 4 things when driving in the snow

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

The following is a list of crashes being reported across the area:

  • In Miamisburg, on Sherwood Forest Drive, vehicle crashed into a house around 4:40 a.m.
  • In Beavercreek, on northbound I-675 at the U.S. 35 exit, vehicle slide-off reported at 4 a.m.
  • In Washington Twp, on Social Row Rd, a vehicle into a ditch reported at 3:45 a.m.
  • In Greene County, on northbound U.S. 68 near milemarker 2, slide-off reported at 3:20 a.m.
  • In Darke County, on U.S. 127, just north of Castine, a jackknifed semi reported at 3:15 a.m. 
  • In Beavercreek, on northbound I-675 ramp to westbound U.S. 35, vehicle off the roadway reported at 3:05 a.m.
  • In Greene County, on Richland Avenue, a vehicle slide-off reported around 2:55 a.m.
  • In Dayton, on U.S. 35 at W. Third Street, a jackknifed semi reported around 2:35 a.m.
  • In the Englewood area, on westbound I-70 at the 26 milemarker, overturned FedEx truck reported at 2:30 a.m.
  • In Sidney, on southbound I-75, south of SR 29, a jackknifed semi reported around 2 a.m. 
  • In Moraine, on northbound I-75 at the 50 milemarker, crash reported around 1:10 a.m. 
  • In Dayton, on northbound I-75 at Edwin C. Moses, one vehicle into a guardrail around 1 a.m. 
  • In Greenville, on SR 571, one vehicle into a pole around 12:35 a.m. No injuries reported.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closures March 19 - April 1. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.


  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 


  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 


  • SR 121 between Washington Street and Fairview Street, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Harter Road, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north


  • US 68 between SR 508 and Township Road 310, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - 27. The official detour is: US 68 to SR 296 to SR 29 to SR 235 to SR 47 to US 68. 

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Power restored to customers after outage in Montgomery County

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 1:39 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 2:20 AM

UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m: Power has been restored to nearly all customers in Montgomery County after over 3,000 people were without power early Wednesday morning.

UPDATE @ 2:20 a.m: Over 1,400 customers are still without power in Montgomery County, per the DP&L outage map. 

Crews are working to restore power to residents, which is believed to be a result of the inclement weather.


Over 3,000 customers are without power in Montgomery County, according to the DP&L outage site.

>> Winter Weather Advisory continues, Winter Storm Warning issued for some 

DP&L has been preparing for a possible outage due to the inclement weather and this instance is believed to be weather related.

Crews are out working to fix the issue. 

We will continue to monitor for restoration and update the story accordingly. 

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Shooting in Dayton prompts officials to respond

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 1:28 AM

ON SCENE: Shooting reported on Bickmore Avenue in Dayton

A shooting occurred in the 2000 block of Bickmore Road early Wednesday morning, prompting officials to 


OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Dayton police investigating shots fired into Haberer Avenue residence

The incident was dispatched just after 1 a.m., per initial reports. 

We will update this story as additional details become available. 

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