Middletown on pace to double drug overdoses from last year

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Middletown has challenging news regarding heroin

Two years ago, Middletown City Manager Doug Adkins told a group at the Heroin Summit that his goal was to reduce the “heroin epidemic” by the first half of 2016.

On Monday, during the 10th Heroin Summit, Adkins said he had some “ugly” statistics to report as it appears heroin’s grip on the city and the region is getting tighter.

Middletown is on pace to double the number of drug overdoses this year, compared to 2016, according to Adkins.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic narcotic that is estimated to be 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, and 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to state officials.

Through June 17, the city has experienced 526 overdoses, 51 of them deadly, he said. During 2016, there were 458 overdoses in the city, 74 of them fatal, he said during the summit at Atrium Medical Center.

RELATED: Heroin ‘eating’ Middletown’s public safety services

The numbers continue to rise despite the “best practices” being used in the city, including implementing a Public Safety Quick Response Team and Needle Exchange Program.

The epidemic is draining the city’s public safety departments, overcrowding the city jail, and costing the city hundreds of thousands of dollars, officials have said.

Fire Chief Paul Lolli said he’s concerned about the amount of money his department is spending on Narcan, which is used to revive those who overdose.

At the current rate, the city will spend up to $100,000 this year on Narcan. The city only projected spending $10,000 to $15,000.

The city is hoping to receive some state grants to offset the additional cost of Narcan, according to Lolli.

RELATED: New heroin treatment option coming to Middletown 

When Lolli shared those numbers at the summit, Adkins said to purchase $100,000 worth of Narcan, the city would have to generate $5.7 million in payroll.

Lolli said the department was “caught by surprise” by the additional doses of Narcan it has had to use on many residents who overdose due to more potent forms of fentanyl.

One dose of Narcan is 2 milligrams, but the department has used up to 18 milligrams — nine doses — to revive one person, according to Lolli.

The region’s opioid crisis has become “more challenging” due to an increase in potent substances being mixed with heroin, Lolli said. Most notably, he said, this includes fentanyl, carfentanil, and synthetic opioids.

Many times, he said, there’s no heroin in the opioid being used.

Last year at this time, the city started its Quick Response Team where a police officer, paramedic and social worker meet with someone who has overdosed, hoping to get them into treatment.

Public Safety Quick Response Team member, Fire Captain David Von Bargen, speaks during the City of Middletown heroin summit at Atrium Medical Center, Monday, June 19. At a time when the illegal drugs are getting more powerful, overdoses continue to rise and leaders are still struggling to find a way to reduce the impact on public safety services. GREG LYNCH / STAFF(Staff Writer)

In the first year of the program, 140 have sought treatment, according to Capt. David Von Bargen of the Middletown Fire Department. He was unable to provide statistics on how many of those people remain in treatment and for how long.

He said the team goes into the community once a week, and so far, the cost has been about $24,000.

The number of overdoses are rising at a time when the police department is arresting more drug dealers, said Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw. He said his department in working regionally with neighboring agencies because Middletown is located near Interstate 75.

Muterspaw said he’s constantly approached and asked why his department doesn’t arrest anyone who overdoses.

“Jail is not for addicts,” he said.

Those who provide the drugs are different, he said.

“We have no sympathy for dealers,” Muterspaw said.

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UD President: ‘Students ... put themselves and their friends in danger’

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 3:39 PM

UD president: Students 'put themselves in danger'

University of Dayton students who ignored orders and acted out against police during St. Patrick’s Day activities Saturday were called out in a letter sent this morning from UD President Eric F. Spina to the student body.

“Today I am deeply disappointed in the behavior of many of you. I witnessed groups of students assault police officers, shoot fireworks into crowds, and put themselves and their friends in danger,” Spina wrote.   

PHOTOS: UD students gather on St. Patrick’s Day

Police responded to the report of a large crowd that had gathered on Lowes Street. Bottles, rocks and firecrackers were reportedly thrown at officers, which forced them to retreat. Additional officers from UD and Dayton police departments were called. By 6:30 p.m., police dressed in riot gear cleared the streets and ordered students to go inside their homes.

“The large gatherings that block streets, the disregard for the safety of others, and the disrespect for the police who were there to keep people safe in no way constitutes community,” Spina’s letter reads. “This police response was appropriate and necessary because this behavior presented significant danger to the safety of students and police.


Dayton police reports from St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

UD’s St. Patrick’s Day revelry moves indoors after officers in riot gear push back crowds

One person was hurt by a thrown object during the police action on Saturday, according to the university.

Dayton officers dressed in riot gear and holding shields were also struck by thrown objects, but no injuries were reported, according to UD spokeswoman Cilla Shindell.

Shindell said there were a few other minor injuries, “a few misdemeanor arrests and student disciplinary referrals” reported during the day, but full reports were not immediately available.

Some minor damage to university property — lawns and landscaping — was reported and a few private vehicles were reportedly damaged during the day, Shindell said.

“No one has been arrested as yet for activities related to dispersing the crowd,” she said.

Shindell said in terms of how police respond to large disturbances such as what happened on Lowes Street, each situation is assessed for the best response.

“In general, it is good practice to get everyone off the street as peacefully as possible and keep them out of harm’s way until the street is cleared,” Shindell said. “This helps police identify those who are involved in disorderly behavior and those who are not. After the street was clear, police went to each of the houses to let them encourage those who were not residents to leave the property and let residents know they were free to leave their houses.”

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Road closed after jackknifed semi spills alcohol across U.S. 35 in Eaton 

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 1:40 AM

ON SCENE: Semi splits, spills load of alcohol in Preble County

UPDATE @ 2:15 a.m: U.S. 35 near Woodland Drive is closed after a semi-truck that was jackknifed spilled bottles, kegs, and cases of alcohol across the roadway Monday morning.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Vehicle drives into unattached garage, drives off in Dayton 

Officials say two semis were involved in the crash around 1 a.m. where one carrying 40,000 pounds of paper jackknifed the other semi carrying the alcohol, while attempting to turn into the nearby International Paper Company. 

The jackknifed semi landed in a residential front yard with the truck split in half, causing the alcohol to spill.

Neither of the truck drivers were injured as a result of the incident and no damage was done to the property. 

Eaton police have no exact time for when the road will reopen, stating it will be closed for “several hours.”

Officials continue to investigate the crash, but do believe it was an accident. 


A semi-truck has reportedly spilled bottles of alcohol across U.S. 35 in Eaton early Monday morning, according to officials.

The incident was dispatched around 1 a.m. in the 900 block of Eaton Richmond Pike, per initial reports.

The spill will reportedly have the road closed near Woodland Drive for a while.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will continue to update this story with additional details about the ordeal. 

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Power steadily being restored for customers following crash in Preble County

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 12:43 AM

UPDATE @ 1 a.m: Only 35 people are without power after a single-vehicle crashed into a pole late Sunday night, according to the DP&L outage site.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Driver killed in Butler County crash

The incident was dispatched around 11:45 p.m. on W. Holtzmuller Road, per initial reports.

Customer’s power are steadily being restored as DP&L are still working to repair the pole that was hit at the base as a result of the crash.

We’re working to learn the condition of the driver of the vehicle. 


Over 100 people are without power after a vehicle crashed into a pole on W. Holtzmuller Road late Sunday night.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Driver killed in Butler County crash

Initial reports indicate the vehicle hit a pole and was reportedly on its side around 11:45 p.m.

DP&L are on scene to repair the pole that was hit at the base as a result of the crash. 

No word on the condition of the driver of the vehicle.

We will continue to update this story with more information. 

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Chance for rain, snow returns this week

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 8:57 PM

Rain and snow are expected to return this week in the Dayton area.

A quiet night is expected with temperatures overnight dropping into the lower 30s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar  said.


  • Rain returns Monday evening
  • Snow expected Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Lower temperatures this week

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Monday: Clouds will increase through the day with highs in the lower to middle 50s. The chance for rain returns in the evening, and with temperatures falling past sunset, a few wet flakes may mix in as well.

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Tuesday: The chance for snow is increasing, as more recent model runs are becoming more consistent and are agreeing more on the chance for snow. We’re calling for snow on Tuesday, some of which could be heavy at times. This snow looks to continue into Wednesday as well. Highs will be in the lower 40s early in the morning with most of the day staying in the 30s. 

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Wednesday: Snow is likely to continue into Wednesday, especially earlier in the day. By the time the snow wraps up, it looks like we’ll see a couple of inches of snow accumulation, however, there is still a lot of time between now and the event, allowing time for the track to change course. This will have a large effect on just how much snow we see. Temperatures will be in the upper 30s for the day. 

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Thursday: Partly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower 40s.

Friday: A dry start is expected, but the chance for rain returns at night. Highs will be in the middle 40s.

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