Opioid overdoses up in Tippecanoe County

TEAS Director John Zartman said he can't blame the increase entirely on the pandemic, but it could be one of the factors.

Posted: Oct 16, 2020 3:47 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2020 6:27 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Overdoses are up by 31 percent in Tippecanoe County, according to numbers from the Tippecanoe Emergency Ambulance Service.

Between March and October of 2019, there were 169 overdose runs. The ambulance service made 222 overdose runs from March to October of this year. 

TEAS Director John Zartman said he can't blame the increase entirely on the pandemic, but it could be one of the factors.

"With self-isolation, which was very, very important to protect the community and everyone at large, that isolates the individual from seeking the treatments that they normally would do," he said.

He said it could be isolating people from seeking treatment.

"It's very important that the individuals actually have one on one contact with those people to make sure that their interventions are being treated properly," Zartman added.

According to the Tippecanoe County Coroner's Office, opioid deaths have not increased this year.

It reported 38 deaths in 2019, and there have been 28 so far in 2020.

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