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Task force: Opioid overdoses jump; meth use rises


MEDINA — From July 10-17, the Medina County Drug Task Force said 10 suspected opioid overdoses were reported to local law enforcement.

Of those overdoses, one was believed to have caused the death of a 23-year-old woman.

“It’s alarming, especially because overdoses are down,” task force Director Gary Hubbard said. “They are about half of last year.”

Despite the jump, overdoses have decreased “significantly” in 2018, compared with previous years, Hubbard said.

At this time in 2017, there were 130 overdoses for the year. Of those, 21 resulted in death, according to task force data.

As of Tuesday, Hubbard said, there were 62 overdoses so far this year. Of those, there were nine deaths.

The biggest reason is that crystal methamphetamine use has increased dramatically, Hubbard said.

“Price is one reason,” he said. “The chance of an overdose death is minimal.”

He said 1 gram of crystal meth costs about $50 in Medina County.

“That’s about the size of a Sweet’N Low packet,” Hubbard said, noting most of the drug is being shipped from Mexico to Akron.

He said many users are smoking meth, but they also can inject it.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or

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