DAYTON, Ohio – A 31-year-old man died and his mother was hospitalized after they overdosed on heroin, police said, days before their southwest Ohio neighborhood was to launch an initiative to fight the heroin epidemic.
Dayton police said the 52-year-old woman was revived with a heroin antidote that’s been distributed in Ohio since last fall. Both were found unresponsive at their home Monday, and the son, Paul Eversole, didn’t survive.
His mother, Patricia Eversole, remained hospitalized, but details of her condition weren’t available.
The overdose happened two days before Project DAWN – Death Avoidance by Naloxone – was scheduled to be launched in the Eversoles’ east Dayton neighborhood, the Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1kpO2vR) reported. The program will distribute the heroin antidote as part of the community-based overdose prevention program.
The program will target family members, friends, spouses and “folks who are in proximity, living with someone, or would encounter someone that might overdose,” said Amanda Arrington, director of community development at East End Community Services.
Police and people in the community say the heroin problem in the community is especially bad.
“When you see the map of the overdose deaths in east Dayton it’s to the point of being epidemic,” Dayton police Maj. Brian Johns said. “That man that died was in his 30s and he’s married with kids and now his kids won’t have a father for their rest of their life.”
Officials say it’s a growing problem all over the state and nation.
Ohio saw a record 1,914 drug overdose deaths in 2012, according to Department of Health data. Heroin-related deaths soared 60 percent to 680 in 2012, the most recent year of available data, the Health Department found.