Overdose death record set in Cabell County in 2017

Preliminary information says there was a record 152 overdose deaths in 2017 in Cabell County, the highest in the state. (WCHS/WVAH)

Cabell County had a record-breaking year for overdose deaths in 2017.

The West Virginia Health Statistics Center reports a preliminary number of 152 deaths that occurred in Cabell County, the highest in the state. The final number won't be available until later this year.

Cabell County EMS Director Gordon Merry said there was 1,831 total overdoses in which the patient was resuscitated. He said 1,135 doses of Narcan was administered.

Merry said though the numbers are high, during the fourth quarter, emergency officials saw a significant drop in overdose calls, meaning they might be turning a corner.

"We're doing something right, and we've got to figure out exactly what we're doing right to keep this trend going down,” Merry said.

The statistics center data shows of those deaths, at least 120 had the presence of fentanyl.

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