Keeping an Eye On Overdose Spike
The news Thursday that the Wheeling Police Department responded to 16 drug overdoses in the past week was unwelcome to say the least and serves as a stark reminder that opioid abuse remains a major concern.
The police department reported three deaths from those overdoses. Also, this past Wednesday alone, the department responded to six overdose calls.
Wheeling is not alone in seeing a spike in overdoses and deaths. A report out of Berkeley County indicates that overdose deaths there have doubled over the past year. And the latest CDC figures through May 2020 show a spike in overdose deaths in West Virginia.
There are many reasons why this is happening, and the fact remains that drug overdoses remain a major issue for our area.
We must remain vigilant in fighting the opioid crisis.