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Montgomery County officials share the latest on the opioid epidemic

Montgomery County officials share the latest on the opioid epidemic (WKEF/WRGT)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – The Montgomery County Drug Free Coalition and the sheriff’s office shared the latest on the opioid epidemic with residents Wednesday night.

An opioid forum put on by the Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship gave officials the chance to share the shocking numbers.

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said year-to-date, there have been 537 in the community, after the coroner had said earlier in 2017 there could be 800 people dying from drug overdoses.

“So if you know a loved one or a neighbor with an addiction problem,” Sheriff Plummer said, “reach out to them and let them know you love them and you want to get them help.”

According to the preliminary number of overdose deaths released by the coroner, there were 51 fatal overdoses in June and 38 in July. So far in August, this chart shows there have been 12 overdoses.

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