None of the 29 Summit County residents who sought hospital help after overdosing during the past seven days was younger than 25, Summit County Public Health’s weekly report revealed.

That’s unusual, but doesn’t necessarily show a trend.

Most overdoses here happen among older residents, people ages 25 to 49, a review of public health tracking numbers show.

The county has no way to measure how many others overdose at home and are revived with naloxone without ever seeking emergency room help.

Its numbers also do not include those who seek help at one of the major hospitals in Summit County because it does not participate in the tracking.

Between Feb. 23-March 1, the average age of someone who did seek ER help for an overdose was 43.4. Slightly more than 62 percent of those were men, the report showed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new report this week revealing overdose deaths declined in 14 states during a 12-month fiscal period that ended July 2017.

That didn’t include Ohio, where overdose deaths jumped to 5,232 compared with 3,763 the previous fiscal year.

The numbers come as the Washington Post this week reported several new moves at the White House, on Capitol Hill and elsewhere that it said could be the start of stepped-up federal efforts to tame the drug crisis gripping the nation.

Among other things, the newspaper reported U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions formed a new task force aimed at drug manufacturers and distributors for their roles in the opioid epidemic, raising the possibility of filing criminal charges against them.

Congress began hearings on several anti-drug bills and the White House held a drug summit where President Donald Trump made a surprise stop.

Trump did not talk about public health or funding for treatment, but suggested drug dealers might deserve the death penalty.

“You know, if you shoot one person, they give you life, they give you the death penalty. These people can kill 2,000, 3,000 people and nothing happens to them,” Trump said.

His public remarks followed news reports from earlier in the week that said Trump has privately praised countries like Singapore that mandate the death penalty for drug traffickers.

It is not clear whether Trump’s talk Thursday of such harsh penalties would become a policy initiative moving forward.

The same day, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Cleveland announced a 17-count federal indictment of the Akron couple featured in previous Beacon Journal/Ohio.com reports.

Donte and Audrey Gibson, along with seven others, are accused of importing the synthetic opiates fentanyl and carfentanil from China to Akron, where they spread it as street drugs across Northeast Ohio.

Amanda Garrett can be reached at 330-996-3725 or agarrett@thebeaconjournal.com.