Genesee County leaders coming together to fight opioid epidemic

Genesee County Medical Examiner Brian Hunters says deaths attributed to drug use was 155 in the county last year. (Photo Credit: Drew Moore/WSMH)

County officials say emergency crews respond to eight calls every night of people overdosing on opiate based drugs.

Genesee County Commissioner Brenda Clack called a special town hall meeting on Wednesday night to bring county leaders together to help fight the problem.

The county already utilized a special drug court which allows offenders a chance to get treatment, in lieu of a jail cell.

Clack along with Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton, Chief Medical Examiner Brian Hunter, and others joined the panel to talk about what resources are available, and what needs to be done to stop the problem.

Hunter says in 155 peopled died of a drug related death in 2016.

"When you look at the increase in the number of drug deaths in 2015 and 2016 we saw a huge increase. Looking at the increased number of deaths, increased number of autopsies, a lot of that is taken up by drug related deaths." Hunter says.

The county also recently retained two attorneys to sue the drug makers.

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