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Unintentional drug overdose deaths in Montgomery County for 2017 now stand at 499. The numbers were released during a monthly update from Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County, and Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) on Thursday.

In September there were 33 accidental drug overdoses logged by the county. Those deaths have been trending downward since a spike in May when there were 80 deaths recorded.

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A new report ranks Montgomery County near the bottom of the list of Ohio counties when it comes to public health. County officials say the dramatic increase in opioid overdoses is a contributing factor.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2017 County Health Ranking measures public health based on a variety of factors. These include the rate of teen births, smoking and obesity.

Montgomery County came in 77 out of Ohio’s 88 Counties - up three spots from last year.

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Two local health agencies are expanding their services for people dealing with serious addiction to heroin and other opiates.

 

 

Montgomery County Commissioners have approved more than $3.5 million dollars in new funding to Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) and Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County.

 

Dayton Power & Light says a power line short caused the evacuation of the Reibold Building in downtown Dayton this morning. The short caused a loss of power and smoke filled the building's basement level, which set off fire alarms.

 

The Reibold building houses Public Health, Dayton and Montgomery County and Job and Family Services. About 350 employees were sent home for the day while crews worked to repair the damaged power line.

 

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In just under two weeks Ohioans will be voting on a pot legalization measure on the fall ballot. But on Thursday Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County and several other local agencies—law enforcement and mental health organizations—held a press conference to talk about what they say would be detrimental effects of recreational marijuana use for the area.