The Kenosha County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Kenosha County Division of Health are issuing a warning about opioid and opiate use after a string of 10 suspected overdose deaths in Kenosha County over the past month.
All of these deaths are awaiting confirmatory toxicology results, with final results expected in three to four months. All of these pending cases involve the suspected use of opioids/opiates. Opioid drugs include Percocet, Vicodin, oxycodone and fentanyl, while opiates include heroin, morphine and codeine.
In 2016, Kenosha County had 54 confirmed deaths due to toxicity. Six of those deaths were due to fentanyl or a fentanyl analog.
To date in 2017 in Kenosha County, there have been 25 confirmed deaths due to toxicity. Eight of these deaths are due to fentanyl or a fentanyl analog.
“Fentanyl is 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, and a trace amount can be deadly,” Kenosha County Medical Examiner Patrice Hall said. “These suspected and confirmed toxicity deaths have occurred in all age groups, economic levels, and all areas of Kenosha County.”
“Too many citizens have lost their lives due to an opioid overdose,” said Cynthia Johnson, director of the Kenosha County Division of Health. “Our goal is to save lives through prevention and safety measures. We ask family and friends to help their loved ones get connected with these measures.”
Further information about prevention, treatment, and resources are listed below:
KNOW WHAT A SUSPECTED OVERDOSE LOOKS LIKE
FREE NARCAN TRAININGS & EDUCATION
For more information, please call the Kenosha County Division of Health at 262-605-6700