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Trumbull County overdose numbers increase

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After President Donald Trump announced he was declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency, 21 News reached out to agencies in the Valley that focus on treatment and recovery. 

April Caraway, Executive Director of Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, told 21 News the number of overdoses in Trumbull County is on the rise.

From January through July of this year there have been 742 reported overdoses.

Currently, Trumbull County is waiting on 29 more deaths to be confirmed through the coroner's office. Those 29 deaths were likely caused by overdoses. 

At this rate, the number of deaths in Trumbull County from overdoses for 2017 will exceed last years number. In 2016 107 people in Trumbull County died from an overdose. 

"We need more funding for law enforcement to take care of the dealers. We need more help to get prevention in schools and working with kids so that they don't get started to begin with," said Caraway. 

Elizabeth Beckley, Vice President of Ohio CAN, said Trumbull County needs more funding. "Until we see the money in our hands, it could go 500 places. So it is great it's a national emergency, but we've known that. You're not surprising me."

The President has not released plans for funding. 

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