Fears of an opiate overdose spike in Lorain County

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(Elyria) - Lorain County health officials are warning the public about a possible holiday-related spike in opioid use.  

The county's health department says the holidays can generate stress that drives some people to substance abuse as a coping mechanism. 

However, Elaine Georgas of the Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Service Board says help is available to anyone that needs it. Georgas explains the board also has a 24 hour hotline at (440) 277-8190. 

The Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services  Board of Lorain County is a special purpose governmental agency charged  with planning, evaluating, coordinating, funding and contracting for the  delivery of publicly-financed alcohol and other drug addiction  education,prevention and treatment services for the benefit of Lorain  County residents.

Some experts are urging families of people at risk to get doses of narcan to reverse possible overdoses this weekend.

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