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Drug Trends in Medina County between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, as reported by the Medina County Drug Task Force on August 1, 2015.
The greatest drug related concern in Medina County and the entire State of Ohio is the rise in the number of drug overdoses. As reported by the Medina County Health Department 16 deaths were the result of drug overdoses 2010, 19 in 2011, 22 in 2012, 16 in 2013. In 2014 there were 16 drug related deaths. The number of overdoses could have been greater, if not for the use of Narcan. In Medina County 80% of all local law enforcement officers have been trained in administering nasal Naloxone. Narcan has an immediate counteractive effect on an opiate overdose victim. 24 people were saved i n Medina County during 2014 by law enforcement's use of Narcan. 23 lives were saved in the first 6 months of 2015.
Medina County residents, who are abusing heroin travel to either Cleveland or Akron to purchase heroin. A common purchase is 3 grams of heroin which is then sold in Medina County at an exaggerated price to support a drug habit. Heroin is selling in Medina County for an average price of $180 per gram.
Cocaine both powder and crack have made a greater return to the County. These drugs are more prevalent in the Medina area. Either form of cocaine is commonly being purchased for $100-$150 per gram.
Methamphetamine has historically been found in the Wadsworth area. Neighboring Summit County leads the state in the number of methamphetamine labs discovered. There is a certain amount of overflow of meth production that has historically affected the eastern portion of Medina County. That overflow has now begun to be found throughout Medina County. Nine (9) meth labs were found in Medina County during 2015. In 2013 over 300 methamphetamine labs were found in Summit County. Methamphetamine is being purchased at a price of between $100-$150 per gram.
The abuse and trafficking of prescription medications remains an area of concern. The most commonly abused prescription medication continues to be Percocet (aka: Oxycodone). Our pharmaceutical diversion investigator identified 12, 445 dosage units of Oxycodone that were "diverted" from their intended purpose or patient.
Marijuana continues to be found in the County, as well. Some marijuana dealers have begun extract the THC from marijuana plants to create a paste like substance commonly known as "butter", "honey" or "dab". High school students have been found in local schools with this pure THC infused into sandwiches, brownies and even beverages. It can also be used in vapor cigarettes which have become extremely popular.