LORAIN, Ohio — The Lorain Police Department said it has responded to a string of overdoses in the county.
Within a 12-hour span, the department said it responded to “a number of overdoses,” but did not provide a specific number.
In each case, the person believed they were using cocaine that police now suspect was fentanyl.
Lorain police provided a list of symptoms of an opioid overdose:
- Loss of consciousness
- Unresponsive to outside stimulus
- Awake, but unable to talk
- Breathing is very slow and shallow, erratic, or has stopped
- For lighter-skinned people, the skin tone turns bluish-purple, for darker-skinned people, it turns grayish or ashen.
- Choking sounds, or a snore-like gurgling noise (sometimes called the “death rattle”)
- Body is very limp
- Face is very pale or clammy
- Fingernails and lips turn blue or purplish black
- Pulse (heartbeat) is slow, erratic, or not there at all
If you notice someone showing these signs, police urge you to call 911 immediately.