HAMILTON, Ohio -- The coroner has sobering statistics on methamphetamine making a comeback in Butler County.
Of the 178 people who overdosed in 2017, 30 had meth in their system, according to Butler County Coroner Dr. Lisa Mannix.
That number is up from the previous years, according to data from the coroner’s office. In 2015, 14 of the 189 overdoses in the county involved meth. The drug was present in 17 of the 192 overdoses in 2016.
Perry Gordon, properties custodian for the Oxford Police Department, said he’s seen the increase firsthand.
"I've seen more, I think, this year than last. That's for sure,” Gordon said.
Oxford Police Chief John Jones said the increase in meth is not astronomical, but officials have taken notice.
"I think we do run into people who if one drug is not available they try to find their escape into another drug,” Jones said.