Ingham County tackles drug abuse today

Posted: 8:21 AM, Jan 07, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-07 09:57:37-05

Ingham County is fighting a drug crisis.

There's been a spike in opioid abuse, and today local leaders will tackle the problem.

Overdoses are reportedly at an all time high in the county. They say more people are abusing prescription pain killers like oxycontin, and street drugs like heroin.

New billboards are going up all over the county.

Today, the Ingham Opioid Work Group will hold a press conference to address the problem.

Speakers include Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, Lansing's Police Chief, and officials at the Ingham County Health Department.

In 2014, there were 57 opioid-related deaths in Ingham County.

January through early December 2015 saw 50 deaths, but health officials say that number isn't promising.

EMS crews' use of Narcan, a drug used to stop overdoses and save lives, more than doubled over this time.

The Ingham Opioid Work Group has billboards now scattered across Ingham County, in the hopes of bringing awareness to the issue.

With overdose and death numbers only increasing in recent years in Ingham County, the group will talk about their plan to end this drug crisis at 10 a.m. at the Human Services Building in Lansing.