ZANESVILLE, Ohio-2020 saw an increase in drug overdoses across the state of Ohio.
Of the ten highest counties for overdoses, seven were rural counties. Muskingum County was ranked seventh with 49 overdoses, up from 37 in 2019.
“We’re seeing an increase in overdose deaths, nothing marked like what I’ve been hearing about in other counties. One thing I’m being told frequently by first responders: overdose runs, people who are being narcan’d, saved, whatever; those are up tremendously this past year, in part because of the pandemic,” said Executive Director of Muskingum Behavioral Health Steve Carrel.
Muskingum County first responders saw almost 500 overdose runs in 2020. Muskingum Behavioral Health has had to put many of its programs on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they’re still offering help to those who need it.
“We’re getting people connected to get Narcan, number one first and foremost. We want people who have addictions and family members and loved ones and friends of people who have addictions have Narcan available. Some people say ‘you’re just enabling’. No, I’m not enabling. We cannot treat a dead person, we have to have them alive to offer them help,” Carrel continued.
Muskingum Behavioral Health looks to help those afflicted with addiction, depression and other mental illnesses.