SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KNWA) — Springfield and Greene County health officials have confirmed two deaths related to the recent spike of opioid overdoses.
According to a press release from the city, the number of overdoses from Wednesday afternoon through Friday afternoon has reached 20.
In a previous report, Fire Chief David Pennington said, “We found that we were having a dramatic rise in calls for overdoses they come into us as patients not breathing,” he said. “In a 24 hour period, we had the same number of calls for an overdose, that we usually see in a month at our hospital so it began to be very concerning that we had something that we really needed to be paying attention too”
Springfield / Greene County Public Safety officials have confirmed two deaths among a recent spike of opioid drug overdoses in the area. From Wednesday, Oct. 16 to 2 p.m., Oct. 18, the number of overdoses (including the two deaths) has reached 20.
Pennington called an emergency meeting with other local first responders on Thursday afternoon because of the spike.
A statement released by the City of Springfield Thursday says there have been 42 overdose deaths reported in the Springfield-Greene County area this year.