Overdose deaths drop by 30 percent in Indiana county

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 1:39 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 1:38 PM

Preliminary statistics show a 30 percent decline in overdose deaths last year in a southern Indiana county, marking the first dip in at least three years.

The Clark County Health Department is waiting on final numbers but said tests so far show 60 drug-related deaths in 2017. That compares to 90 in 2016. There were 55 overdose deaths in 2015, up from 53 in 2014. Clark County has a population of about 116,000 people.

"We feel like that's a pretty dramatic improvement," said Dr. Kevin Burke, member of community group Clark County CARES providing support and seeking solutions to the opioid crisis.

Burke told the News and Tribune the drop is likely due to increased use of an opioid-overdose antidote, community education and a needle exchange program that also provides information on treatment options.

He has helped implement the county's Narcan and needle exchange programs. Narcan is a nasal spray that releases an opioid-overdose antidote and is often carried by first responders.

"We call that harm reduction," Burke said.

Clark County Health Officer Eric Yazel said the county has made some headway, though there's still much to be done to stay vigilant and monitor trends.

County officials plan to soon launch an overdose notification system and an "addiction transition" program in emergency rooms.

Yazel said the notification system will alert health officials and other leaders to clusters of overdoses, including their location and timing. This will allow health officials to focus resources in certain areas.

The "addiction transition" team will offer follow-up resources, like a recovery coach or access to an addiction clinic.

"We've done a lot of work, we've got a lot of work to do, but I think we're definitely moving in the right direction," said Yazel.

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Information from: News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind., http://www.newsandtribune.com

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:09 AM

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Major Highway Incidents

  • On northbound I-675 at U.S. 35 in Beavercreek, a crash reported around 7:50 a.m. is blocking the left and center lanes. Traffic is backed up past the Indian Ripple Road exit. 

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  • No incidents to report. 

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I-70 between Upper Lewisburg Salem Road and Brooksville-Phillipsburg Road, Lane closure Jan. 22 - 29. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. Shoulder closures Jan. 22 - Sept. 30. Both the inside and outside shoulders of I-70 will be closed during construction. 

Crews battle fire at wood production company in Camden

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 4:15 AM

SCENE: Fire destroys barn in Preble County

UPDATE @ 5:55 a.m: Fire crews are still on scene of a barn fire that occurred at Precision Wood Products in Camden Monday morning.

The fire was reported around 3:50 a.m. in the 2400 block of Aukerman Creek Road as fully involved, prompting multiple area fire departments to respond.

No word on what caused the fire or what damage estimates will be, but the barn appears to be a total loss as crews are tearing it down. 

Officials continue to investigate the incident. 

INITIAL REPORT

There is a reported structure fire in the 2400 block of Aukerman Creek Road that occurred early Monday morning, per initial reports. 

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The incident was reported as a barn fire around 3:50 a.m. and multiple mutual aid has been requested.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story as additional details become available. 

Rain showers, gusty winds throughout day 

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 4:31 AM

A cold front will bring rain showers today, tomorrow we could see some snow showers.

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  • Rain showers and gusty winds Monday
  • Chance for snow showers Tuesday
  • Dry time to end work week

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TODAY: Some passing, isolated rain showers will be possible this morning. We could also see some spotty fog as temperatures push into the upper 50s. A cold front will move in and rain will be widespread, arriving after lunch and lasting into the evening. Winds will pick up, gusting around 20 to 30 mph at times. Expect a few rain showers to linger into the night. 

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

TUESDAY: Some passing rain and snow showers will be possible during the day. It’ll be breezy and colder with highs in the mid to upper 30s. Road temperatures will be warm, so not much expected to stick, but wet snow will taper off Tuesday night.

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WEDNESDAY: Cold morning the 20s with partly cloudy skies. It’ll be a cool afternoon as highs peak in the mid-30s with a breeze.

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THURSDAY: Sunshine arrives through the day as temperatures are warmer than normal in the upper 30s. 

FRIDAY: A very nice end to the work week as highs push above normal into the upper 40s. We’ll see sunshine through the afternoon. 

Power restored, Ohio 571 closed after corn silo collapse in New Carlisle

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 11:44 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:46 AM

SCENE: Explosion reported at New Carlisle grain bin

UPDATE @ 4:55 a.m: Power is steadily being restored in Clark County with only a reported 15 customers experiencing an outage.

Power was cut off as a safety measure after a corn silo collapsed Sunday night prompting crews to investigate the building. 

UPDATE @ 3:35 a.m: Over 300 customers are without power in Clark County after a corn silo collapse caused crews to cut the power in order to investigate the incident.

The collapse occurred late Sunday night at Miami Valley Feed & Grain around 11:40 p.m. 

Crews will be working all night into tomorrow and there’s no word on how long the outage will have customers without power. 

We will monitor the DP&L outage map and continue to update the story.

INITIAL REPORT

Ohio 571 (Jefferson Street) will be closed while officials continue to investigate what caused a non-injury silo collapse Sunday night.

RELATED: Damages still being assessed at AK Steel fire in Middletown

Crews were initially called to Miami Valley Feed & Grain at 880 W. Jefferson St. around 11:40 p.m. on reports of an explosion.

After a preliminary investigation, it was determined that one silo collapsed, rather than exploded, and partially damaged another building as well as caused 10,000 tons of corn to cover Ohio 571.

“What residents heard when they thought they heard explosions were the transformers blowing when the debris hit them”, said Steve Trusty, Chief of New Carlisle Fire Department. 

Officials do not believe anyone is trapped as a result of the collapse, as the company said no employees were on site at the time but will further investigate the building to confirm.

The silo collapse took out at least three power poles and power lines, which caused a brief power outage that has since been restored to all area residents.

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Crews will be on scene all night until midday tomorrow while they continue their investigation.

An Ohio Fire Marshal has also been called to the scene and will assist with the investigation tomorrow.

Drivers are encouraged to use Scarf Road as the detour while Ohio 571 (Jefferson Street) is blocked off.

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