Increase in overdose deaths gives Valley a reality check

Just when many in the Mahoning Valley had begun to think the drug scourge plaguing our community, state and nation had finally begun to ebb, distressing news rolls in that opiate-related deaths have taken a new disturbing climb on the roller coaster of lethal drug abuse.

Earlier this week, the Trumbull County Coroner’s Office revealed a 50 percent spike in the number of drug-overdose deaths in the second half of 2018 compared with the first six months of this year. As many readily realize, Trumbull County has stood at the epicenter of the opiate epidemic in our region for about five years now.