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Huntington paramedics respond to 25 overdose calls in three hour period

Paramedics say 25 people overdosed in Huntington in a three hour period Monday afternoon. (WCHS/WVAH Photo)

Cabell County emergency workers said they were pushed to the limit Monday after more than two dozen people overdosed in a three hour period.

Overdoses in Huntington are nothing new, and are actually a commonplace for first responders; but 25 people overdosed between 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Cabell County Emergency Medical Services Director Gordon Merry said this is a number first responders have not seen before. He said they usually respond to about 20 in one week.

The overdoses happened throughout the city, from the Huntington Mart along Hal Greer Boulevard, to a home in the 100 block of St. Louis Avenue, where four people overdosed at the same time.

First responders can't say for sure why so many people overdosed around the same time, but Merry said a stronger cut of heroin might be the culprit.

Paramedics had to bring in Cabell County resources from outside the city to deal with the increased workload.

Merry said crews were able to revive all of the people who overdosed.

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