It started with simple math. In 2016, the Columbus Division of Fire medics responded to 2,400 suspected drug overdoses. That was more than twice as many as 2015.
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Month after month, the numbers kept spiking. That was upsetting local authorities in the Cincinnati suburb of Colerain Township back in the early 2010s. These weren’t cold, indifferent statistics. Each number represented someone who had experienced an opioid-related overdose; each number represented a person in danger and a life at risk. And unless something was done, that upward trend would keep climbing.
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For over a decade now, eastern Iowa has struggled with a serious heroin problem. As the purity of the drugs increased, so did the loss of life. In 2015, there were 25 overdose deaths in Cedar Rapids alone. Authorities recognized that there were significant challenges to combating the increased number of heroin overdoses and fatalities.