Eleven people overdosed in Tippecanoe County in a two day span

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The Tippecanoe County Health Department is worrying about drug abuse in the county.

Posted: Sep 11, 2019 11:39 PM
Updated: Sep 12, 2019 5:13 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- The Tippecanoe County Health Department is worrying about drug abuse in the county.

Eleven people overdosed in a two-day span earlier this week.

Nursing Supervisor Khala Hochstedler said the county has reached a drug crisis.

Wednesday morning the health department presented its data about the Gateway to Hope Program which is the county's needle and syringe exchange program.

There were 53 active people using the program last quarter which is a decrease in users.

Hochstedler said this is more than the opioid crisis and people need to realize other drugs are causing overdoses.

"I do know some," said Hochstedler." One of the hospitals I haven't gotten info from. But a few of them were still heroin, meth and benzos."

Hochstedler said none of the overdoses were fatal and it was unknown if the victims were connected to the county's needle exchange program.

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