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Overdose rates decline in Cabell County; violent crime down in Huntington

Cabell County's overdose totals decline 55 percent over the past seven months. Violent crime in Huntington drops 24 percent the first three months of 2018 compared to the last three months of 2017. (WCHS/WVAH)

Huntington officials are seeing positive results as overdose rates continue to fall.

Cabell County's overdose totals have now declined 55 percent over the past seven months.

There have been less than 100 overdoses each -- in the past two months -- and Narcan usage on EMS service calls declined 50 percent during the first quarter of 2018.

With the launch of the new quick response team last December, 61 of the 179 clients the team has been in contact with were in treatment - a success rate of 34 percent.

"If you look at the overdose data from 2014, 15, 16 and 17, it's like a graph that's going up,” Hansen said. “The overdoses were increasing just a huge percentage every year, so to think that we now have that shows those overdose numbers going down over a fairly extended period of time is just so heartwarming."

While overdoses rates continue to decline, so does violent crime.

Violent crime in Huntington has declined 24 percent the first three months of 2018 compared to the last three months of 2017.

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