WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere is asking Ohio Governor John Kasich’s office for help to combat the area’s growing heroin problem.
In just the past week, the county has had 30 heroin overdoses and eight heroin-induced deaths. The Sheriff’s Department is working with its TAG unit, the county’s Mental Health and Recovery Board as well as other departments and local officials.
State Rep. Sean O’Brien, D-Bazetta, hosted a conference call Thursday morning to make the state more aware of the crisis situation. They asked the governor’s office for more than 500 Narcan kits to pass out to law enforcement agencies and the county’s health department. Altiere said that 500 of the kits will go to the county’s health department and 70 to the city of Warren, who also will supply kits to Niles.
Narcan is a drug that can reverse a heroin overdose. The kits would come at no cost to the county and they hope to have the supply soon.
The group is also asking the state for funding for more officers.
“Everything is on the table right now and the suggestions that this group is going to come up with in partner with the state, I think is going to help. Not immediately, but we are going for a long-term solution to this problem,” O’Brien said.
They plan to have another conference call with the governor’s office in the next week and a half.