Overdose deaths drop by 30 percent in southern Indiana county

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — 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 says 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.

Dr. Kevin Burke is a member of Clark County CARES, a community group providing support and seeking solutions to the opioid crisis.

He tells 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.

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


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

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