Opioid overdoses up 60 percent in Dayton since March

Contributed/Dayton Police Department

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – While the COVID-19 outbreak has killed thousands across the country and shut down states for months, a surge of opioid overdoses has happened both locally and nationally.

Major Brian Johns of the Dayton Police Department said overdoses are up 60 percent in the city since the issuance of lockdown orders in March.

“As far as non-fatal overdoses, when the stay-at-home order hit they went from 46 in March to 73 in April, to 118 in May,” Johns told WDTN.com. “Even nationally we are seeing a 62-percent increase according to national data tracking.”