Summit County's overdose rate continues to hold steady and yet Akron's supply of illegal drugs also continues to make news elsewhere.

Between Jan. 18-24, 27 people sought hospital emergency room help for overdose symptoms, according to the latest report by Summit County Public Health.

Nearly 78 percent of those residents were men and all were white. Their average age was 36.

During the same time, about 17 Summit County residents sought help at a hospital emergency department for withdrawal and detox symptoms.

Before the opioid crisis — which has since expanded to include methamphetamine and other drugs — one or two people per day overdosed in Summit County.

Now, with the exception of a brief spike over the holidays, about three or four people overdose.

During the peak of the opioid crisis — when synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil were added to the street drug supply — overdose numbers were often two or three times that.

Despite the drop in overdoses, Akron continues to develop a reputation as a source of methamphetamine and opioids.

On Friday, the Fremont News-Messenger reported that officers in northwest Ohio took down what they said was a large methamphetamine ring based in Akron.

Officers from the Seneca County Drug Task Force METRICH Unit said the ring supplied drugs to Fremont, Bellevue and Clyde, towns near Sandusky.

METRICH officers Thursday raided a home in Bloomville and said they found drugs, a gun, and other items connected to a drug operation.

Several people were arrested, including a man at the house who was wearing an ankle monitor while on bond for a previous drug charge, the newspaper reported.

It was not clear who in Akron may have supplied the drugs.

Last year, the police chief in DuBois, Pa. — a town of about 7,800 people 155 miles east of Akron — said the Rubber City was a hot spot for drugs flowing into his town.

And law enforcement and prosecutors in West Virginia have called out Akron as a source of illicit drugs pouring into their communities.

Akron police, often working with federal officials, have broken up several drug distribution rings this year in the city.

In the spring, authorities made the biggest crystal methamphetamine bust in state history in nearby Boston Heights.

There they sized about 142 pounds of drugs from a warehouse that authorities said appeared to be a processing plant for making meth.

Several people were charged from Akron, Cleveland and Mexico.

 

Amanda Garrett can be reached at 330-996-3725 or agarrett@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter @agarrettABJ.