Huntington police respond to 26 overdoses in 4 hours

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Huntington officials are warning people about an especially dangerous batch of heroin after authorities responded to more than two dozen reported overdoses within a four-hour span.

Cabell County EMS Director Gordon Merry told news outlets that all the victims had been revived Monday using the opioid-overdose-reversing drug naloxone.

The heroin the users had taken was laced with an unknown substance that was so strong, it sometimes took more than one dose of the drug to revive them, Merry said.

“Right now we don’t know what it’s been cut with,” he said.

Most of the 26 overdoses reported Monday were in an area surrounding one apartment complex, leading officials to believe the cases were connected, Merry said. He said the amount of calls that were received overwhelmed responders.

“Just to give you an idea, when the first few came in, three ambulances were already out dealing with overdoses,” Merry said.

For a half-hour span, there were no ambulances available in the county to send, Cabell County EMS assistant supervisor David McClure added.

Cabell County responded to 39 overdose calls in all of August 2015.

(Editor’s note: In Mason County, The Meeting House offers meetings of Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholic Anonymous for those seeking help. Located in the former St. Paul UM Church along Jackson Avenue, meetings take place as follows according to The Meeting House’s Facebook page: Sunday AA at 1:30 p.m.; Monday, AA at noon, NA at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, NA at 6 p.m., Al-Anon at 6 p.m.; Friday, AA at noon, NA at 6 p.m. For more information on other events and programs at The Meeting House, call 304-857-6534.)