Top stories of 2017: Springfield’s opioid crisis


Here’s a look at one of our top stories of 2017.

The Springfield region has been hit hard by the rise in opioid-related deaths over the course of 2017.

Clark County has seen 101 suspected opioid deaths this year — a record for the county. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has responded to 732 overdose calls, almost 75 percent of the total number of overdoses in the county, alone. Both police and fire officials have said responding to those types of calls have taxed their resources and made it more difficult to better serve the community.

New state funding is helping Clark County react to the spike. More than $700,000 in grant money has been given to the county to fund new programs and expand existing ones — like the McKinley Hall substance abuse treatment center — to help people find a way out of addiction.

» READ MORE: Progress made against drug overdoses in Clark County but war not over

In addition, a Good Samaritan law was also passed in Springfield which allows people who overdose the chance to avoid criminal prosecution as long as they seek treatment.

More Stories from the Springfield News-Sun

Anthem says it won’t cover non-emergency visits to the ER

Unemployment rate dips in Clark County

Man in critical condition following Moorefield Twp. crash



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Crime

’Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten shows off fancy $15,500 stove
’Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten shows off fancy $15,500 stove

“Barefoot Contessa” Ina Garten just took upgrading your appliances to a whole new level. >> Read more trending news  The Food Network star and celebrity chef took to social media last week to show off a new, stunning stove that she just added to the kitchen of her Manhattan apartment. “First day cooking on my new @lacanche_us...
Man wanted in Cincinnati for climbing in unlocked window, assaulting woman
Man wanted in Cincinnati for climbing in unlocked window, assaulting woman

Cincinnati authorities are searching for a man with distinctive tattoos covering his face and neck, who is accused of climbing through an unlocked house window and assaulting a woman. >> Read more trending news  Michael Mann, 34, is wanted for aggravated burglary and domestic violence. According to police reports, Mann entered the woman's...
Man with tattooed face wanted for climbing in unlocked window, assaulting woman
Man with tattooed face wanted for climbing in unlocked window, assaulting woman

Ohio authorities are searching for a man with distinctive tattoos covering his face and neck, who is  accused of climbing through an unlocked window at a Cincinnati home and assaulting a woman. >> Read more trending news  Michael Mann, 34, is wanted for aggravated burglary and domestic violence. According to police reports...
Champaign County graduate dies in Montgomery County Jail
Champaign County graduate dies in Montgomery County Jail

An inmate who died while being held at the Montgomery County Jail was a Graham High School graduate, family members said. Dillon Abplanalp, 28, was found unresponsive in his cell at the jail early Monday morning, following what is believed to be a medical emergency. » RELATED: Police: Man who died in jail arrested with 38 syringes, stolen gun...
Want a better memory and a happier life? Eat more curry, study says
Want a better memory and a happier life? Eat more curry, study says

Want to improve your memory and live a happier life? Try adding more curry to your diet, a new report suggests.  >> Read more trending news  Researchers from the University of California Los Angeles recently conducted an experiment, published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, to determine how curcumin, the chemical...
More Stories