The Cincinnati Enquirer has a new piece on one week in the heroin epidemic in Cincinnati. It’s worth your time.
Here’s the closing:
It’s almost midnight on the last day of another week, and the heroin epidemic has done its damage.
18: Deaths known or suspected to be the result of overdoses.
180: Overdoses reported to hospitals in the region. This figure underestimates the actual number of overdoses because it only includes those requiring hospital treatment.
210: Inmates in the Hamilton County Justice Center, the region’s largest jail, who admitted to using heroin or other opioids. Jail officials have estimated that as many as half of all inmates, about 870 this week, have an opioid problem.
$95,550: Cost to taxpayers to house those 210 inmates for one week. If the inmate total is closer to the estimated 870, the cost would be $395,850.
15: Babies born with health problems because their mothers used heroin or other opioids.
34: Investigations opened in southwest Ohio into the well-being of a child whose parent or guardian was known or suspected of using heroin or other opioids.
102 hours, 42 minutes: Time it took first responders to tend to overdose patients. This figure is considered low by dispatch supervisors because many overdose runs are not initially called in as such.