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Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 3:37 PM
— 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.
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.
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.
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.
Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 1:50 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 2:53 AM
TROTWOOD — Crews responded to the 1500 block of Guenther Road on a reported stabbing that occurred early Monday morning.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: One man in jail after domestic violence stabbing
The incident was dispatched around 1:45 a.m., per initial reports.
In a 6-minute call to dispatchers, the caller stated her mother reportedly stabbed her father and that he was losing a lot of blood.
“I don’t want my dad to die”, said the caller.
The victim was reportedly conscious, breathing, and talking, although the caller told the 911 dispatcher that he was on the floor.
The stabbing reportedly occurred as a result of a fight between the mother and father.
It is not clear where the victim was stabbed.
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 10:23 AM
Police and medics were on scene of a crash that involved a motorcycle and a black Pontiac Grand Prix in Dayton Sunday morning.
The accident occurred at South Smithville Road and Oakdale Avenue around 9:55 a.m., according to dispatchers.
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 4:17 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 6:07 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 6:10 p.m.:
The victim of the shooting that occurred at Oxford and Windsor Avenues is currently at an unknown hospital being treated for non-life threatening injuries, said Sgt. Creigee S. Coleman.
The victim was walking down the street on a sidewalk when another man came up to him, pulled out a handgun, and shot him for some unknown reason. Witnesses say they heard a gunshot, but didn’t see anyone run away or drive off.
Crews found shell cases in the street, and Crime Scene Investigators were on scene recovering those shell casings. They hope to tie the casings to a handgun, and with that information, hopefully detectives can determine who the handgun belongs to.
“We are hoping anyone who knows anything or saw this incident can call the Dayton Police Department (937-333-2677) or the regional dispatch center (937-225-4357) and please give us some information so we can bring this crime to a closure,” said Sgt. Coleman.
A man said he was shot in the leg, but he didn’t see anyone around him in Dayton Sunday.
The man called police while in the 700 block of Oxford Avenue around 3:30 p.m. but said the incident occurred on Lexington Avenue at Windsor Avenue, said regional dispatchers.
Police do have a suspect that is described as a male in his early 20s, weighs about 140 pounds, and was wearing a black t-shirt and shorts, according to regional dispatchers.
Medics are on scene.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 11:38 PM
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