In the last seven days, police and fire department personnel responded to 16 overdoses, with three of those cases being probable deaths.
Several victims required multiple doses of naloxone for survival.
The Wheeling Police Department has a message for anyone who does or is thinking about doing drugs.
Now is not the time. This is obviously and clearly a very bad batch, a very potent batch, of opiate that is likely to result in your death. We are working very hard to find the source and make additional arrests.Chief Shawn Schwertfeger, Wheeling Police
Three overdose alert texts were sent out this week via the departments “Overdose Spike Alert” text messaging system – available for the public to sign up at ohiocountyemergency.com.
According to the department’s crime analyst, the majority of overdoses occurred on Wheeling Island and in the Center/South Wheeling area.
The department responded to 230 overdoses in 2020 – the highest yearly total in the last five years.