WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) —
Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger says drug overdoses are down 29% so far this year, compared to the same period (January-September) last year.
And overdose deaths are down 71% for the same time periods
Chief Schwertfeger says he’s happy about both those categories.
He says during that same period, drug arrests have gone up 27%.
He also attributes the decreases to prevention and treatment efforts, heightened awareness and the availability and use of Narcan.
He says most of the overdoses are occurring in Center and South Wheeling, where offenses like squatting and thefts are also a significant problem.
He said 70% of individuals who overdose in Wheeling are given Narcan.
While Wheeling Police officers do not carry it, he says the Wheeling Fire Department and e-squads do carry and dispense Narcan.