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Hamilton County Authorities Calling On Governor To Declare Heroin Epidemic A Public Health Emergency

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Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan of the Hamilton County Drug Coalition task force is asking for you to get involved in fighting the heroin epidemic. He's calling it a public health crises.   

"When you have anywhere from 100 to 200 people overdosing in a week there's no other way to describe this but a crises," Synan says.

He's calling on citizens to get involved to get action. "The citizens saying enough is enough, it's draining the resources of our first responders."

He says heroin is hurting and killing people. "We want the governor to declare this a public health emergency," Synan says.

Synan says he wants more money for resources to fight heroin after the sudden overdose spike. He spoke at a news conference Tuesday led by Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco who confirmed the powerful elephant tranquilizer carfentanil was found in the bodies of eight recent overdose deaths, and more cases are suspected. Authorities say nearly 300 overdoses have been reported in the Cincinnati area since Aug. 19.

Mark Heyne contributed to this report.