As of this week, there only have been three confirmed fatalities in 2018 that were caused by drug toxicity, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office.
Comparatively, 15 people died of overdoses in January and February last year.
Last year, the county set a record when 92 people died from drug overdoses. In 2016, the county reported 74 overdose deaths.
So far in 2018, one person has died of toxicity from cocaine and several types of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, while another died of buprenorphine toxicity.
Butler Ambulance Service, which responds to medical calls in Butler and the surrounding townships, has reported an average of one overdose call per day for the last couple of years.
Whatever ambulance service does not usually recoup its costs from overdose calls, because patients refuse transport to a hospital and a non-transport cannot be billed to insurance companies. The cost for the ambulance service associated with responding to an overdose and administering naloxone is estimated to be $240.