Troy records 89 overdoses in 2016

Opiate overdose kills at least 5 in Troy last year

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — The city of Troy has recorded at least one overdose a day so far in 2017.

As of Jan. 6, there have been six overdose reports since Jan. 1 in the city of Troy.

According to the Troy Police Department’s Capt. Shawn McKinney, 89 opiate overdoses were recorded by Troy Police Department in 2016.

Of the 89 overdoses, five deaths were related to opiate overdoses, with all five designated as heroin overdoses. All five deaths were white males who were city residents. Of the deaths, the age ranged from 28 to 54 years old.

Four suspected overdose deaths are still pending official coroner results, according to Capt. McKinney.

Last year was the first year the Troy Police Department kept specific records for opiate overdoses, according to Capt. Joe Long.

According to the Miami County Coroner’s Office, the officer investigated 45 accidental deaths county-wide, including 20 drug and substance abuse deaths. In 2015, 18 deaths were designated accidental drug overdose deaths by the coroner’s office.

There are 18 pending autopsies as of Jan. 1, according to the coroner’s report.

Of the 20 deaths, six were fentanyl-only deaths; six were fentanyl with other drug deaths; four heroin deaths, and one death each for hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone and methamphetamine overdose deaths.

Of the 89 overdoses which were recorded in the city of Troy in 2016:

• All but six reports were Caucasian subjects

• 30 females reportedly overdosed

• 24 overdose were non-residents of the city of Troy.

• The oldest male subject who overdosed was a 58 year-old black male at Troy Kroger on April 23; the youngest male subjects who overdosed were 22 years-old.

• The oldest female subject who overdosed was a 57 year-old white female; the youngest was a 21 year-old white female who overdosed on the bathroom floor of the Troy McDonalds on June 3.

• Six overdoses, including two deaths, occurred at the Royal Inn, 1210 Brukner Drive in 2016.

• Three overdoses occurred in the parking lot of 850 S. Market Street on Nov. 27. The subjects were not residents of Troy.

• On March 20, Lindsay Curry, 28, of Troy, reportedly admitted to using one capsule of heroin while babysitting nine children — eight of which were under the age of 9 years of age — who were left in Curry’s care. She was sentenced to serve three years on community control for one count of fifth-degree felony possession of heroin. Curry was also sentenced to serve a year in jail for first degree misdemeanor child abuse/endangering from the same case handled in municipal court. She is set to be released March 14, 2017.

• Troy resident Erica Jones was sentenced to serve 13 months in prison for violating probation after she overdosed on heroin while 5 months pregnant.

On April 2, officers were dispatched to an overdose at 920 Fountain St., Troy, and found medics working on Jones. Medics administered Narcan. Jones was passed out on the floor with a syringe in her hand. Erica was charged with drug instruments and drug possession.

Opiate overdose kills at least 5 in Troy last year

By Melanie Yingst

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