Ten deaths in 26 hours amid growing overdose epidemic in Ohio

first_imgHailshadow/iStock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Medical officials in Ohio said at least 10 people just died from drug overdoses in only 26 hours, calling it an “unusually high number” for the area in a such a short period of time. The Franklin County Coroner’s Office on Sunday reported a surge in overdose deaths and warned residents that they could be fentanyl-related. “As of about 10am this morning we have had 10 people die of overdoses in about 26 hours. This is an unusually high number for our county in this period of time,” the office said in a statement Sunday. “At this time we know fentanyl can be mixed in to cocaine and methamphetamine. These can be deadly combinations for those who are using.”Last month, the office issued an alert saying six county residents had died from overdoses in less than 24 hours. That news came just weeks after the office announced that nine people had suffered fatal overdoses in a two-day period in July.Ohio has been one of the hardest-hit states by the nation’s growing opioid and fentanyl epidemics.The state saw an increase of more than 500 fentanyl encounters — police samples testing positive for the drug — from 2014 to 2015, the latest data available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. Only three other states — Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire — saw similar increases.In its statement on Sunday, the Franklin County Coroner’s Office said residents with family or friends that might be at risk for overdoses should have Naloxone, the emergency overdose reversal drug, on hand as a precaution.In addition, the office urged at-risk residents to purchase fentanyl testing strips to look for fentanyl in substances before using them.“I urge friends and family of those who use to make sure you are armed with Naloxone,” the statement said. “Those who use should also test before using with fentanyl testing strips.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Companies must get up to date on improved laws on vibration

first_imgMost employers are unaware of new stricter standards on preventing vibrationwhite finger and whole body vibration, being prepared by the EU. The warning came from the Engineering Employers Federation, at a conference heldwith the HSE and the Engineering Construction Industry Association to discussways of reducing risk. Around 300,000 people have symptoms of vibration white finger and nearly400,000 are working above the proposed limits governing whole body vibration,the EEF added. The priorities are “to keep up with the latest developments, to helpinfluence the vibration proposals and for people to understand the implicationsfor their business,” said Gary Booton, the EEF’s health and safetymanager. The type of work affected includes percussive metal working, such asriveting; use of rotary tools such as sanders; percussive hammering anddrilling; use of chain saws and mechanical stapling or nailing. Drivers ofoff-road vehicles and fork lift trucks can also be at risk. The new tighter limits, if adopted by the Council of Ministers, will becomelaw in the UK.  www.eef.org.uk Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Companies must get up to date on improved laws on vibrationOn 1 Aug 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Norman Sue Bakery 15-over final Dant lift title as Sunshine fail to come out

first_imgBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada — It was billed as the clash of the titans, but in the end it turned out to be a “damp squib” as Dant cemented their position as the number one team in the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) with a crushing seven-wicket victory over Sunshine in the second edition of the Norman Sue Bakery sponsored 15-over final at the Ashtonbee ground here on Saturday last.Set the modest task of scoring 82 for victory, after inserting and limiting their opponents to an insufficient 81 for nine in their allotted overs, Dant rushed to the required total in 11.3 overs, losing three wickets, with former Guyana captain Damodar Daesrath unbeaten on 21;thereby claiming the Conference A title.Dant’s MVP Satrohan “Blade” Balkarran collects his award from Nashenka Sue.Dant’s MVP Satrohan “Blade” Balkarran collects his award from Nashenka Sue.The outcome was never in doubt with Sunshine skipper Mahendranauth “Bobby” Parasnauth admitting at the presentation ceremony that his team had “failed to bring their A game” into the day’s final,following their win over the same opponents the previous weekend in a regular season contest.Sunshine never got going after batting first, failing to get any substantial partnerships and losing wickets at regular intervals. The only player to reach double figures was Imran Ali,whose 33 included one six and a solitary four;an innings that earned the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for his team. Extras tallied 23.The ever-green Satrohan’Blade’ Balkarran rolled back the years in a devastating three-over spell, claiming an incredible three for four, earning the MVP award for Dant,while Shawn Deonandan supported with three for 12, also from three and Aftab “Hurricane Maxi” Shamsudeen one for 11.There were few alarms when Dant replied,and apart from Daesrath’s top score, extras were again in the limelight, totalling an innings high 29. There was one wicket each for Parasnauth, Anil Etwaroo and Azam Haniff;for eight, nine and 14 runs respectively.With this victory, Dant remained on course to make a clean sweep of this season’s championships, a feat they achieved in their debut season (2014),but which they relinquished in 2015. They have already carted off the Caribbean Sensation sponsored 10/10 tournament and are well on course to capture the regular season (20-over) competition.Dant’s skipper Looknauth Ramsuchit made it clear that his side is definitely on the hunt to achieve the “triple”,pointing out that they are still disappointed with their performance last year and is extremely confident of more success as the season approaches its conclusion.Imran Ali of Sunshine receives his MVP trophy from Nyssa Naraine, daughter of Kim. Imran Ali of Sunshine receives his MVP trophy from Nyssa Naraine, daughter of Kim.Apart from pointing out that his side didn’t perform to expectations,Parasnauth also gave credit to Dant, admitting they were “the better team on the day.”Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, Kim Sue assured that the sponsorship was intended to keep the grassroot game alive in Toronto,and her company was proud to be part of that success. She congratulated both teams while alluding to the fact that the real winner was cricket.OSCL president Albert Ramcharran also showered praises on the teams for reaching the final as well as on those who had participated.He also thanked the sponsors for their contribution.last_img read more