Opioid overdose deaths plunge 31 percent in Ohio county thanks to free Narcan


In the midst of what's considered the nation's worst public health crisis so far in the 21st century, one Ohio county is dramatically reducing the number of deaths related to opioid overdoses. A new report shows overdose deaths plunged by 31 percent in Hamilton County, which includes Cincinnati. There was also a 42-percent drop in emergency room visits. Health officials credit a new program that gives away the overdose-reversal drug Narcan for free.

One-hundred-fifteen Americans die every day from opioid overdoses. CBS News correspondent Don Dahler and his team went to Hamilton County and spoke to people who are facing the crisis head-on.

"It's just heartbreaking what's going on out there, and it's got to stop... It's an awful thing for a mom to go through," Kathie Mead said. She watched her daughter, Amy, struggle with opioid addiction from age 14 to 30.