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Elyria safety crews respond to at least six ODs

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    Elyria police, fire and LifeCare crews take care of one of the two patients taken from a home on Purdue Avenue in Elyria for a suspected heroin overdose Tuesday.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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ELYRIA — At least six people overdosed from opioids on Tuesday, but it is unclear if any of the overdoses resulted in death.

And, as Elyria fire Capt. Joe Pronesti was on the phone with a reporter from The Chronicle-Telegram about 9 p.m., another overdose call came from West River Road.

Police are investigating two possible drug overdoses on Purdue Avenue on Tuesday morning.

Police were called to a home about 9:50 a.m. by a relative saying that a man had overdosed. When police arrived, a 33-year-old woman answered the door and appeared lethargic and had a hard time speaking, said Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino.

She denied being under the influence of drugs. Police followed her into the house where she went into a room and locked the door. After a few minutes, she unlocked the door, and police found an unresponsive 48-year-old man on the floor, Costantino said. He was given two doses of naloxone and transported to the hospital, Costantino said.

Meanwhile, the woman continued to slur her speech and passed out several times while talking to officers. She told police that she had done cocaine the night before but denied using heroin, Costantino said.

Costantino said the man and woman were taken to the hospital and both are alive.

The Police and Fire departments continued to attend to overdose calls the rest of the day.

Later in the day, Pronesti said firefighters went to an overdose call on Broad Street where two people had overdosed.

“I’ve been on the Fire Department 28 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Pronesti said. “Our guys are running nonstop on overdose calls.”

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @Jodi_Weinberger.



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