Coroner: Five die of ODs in 24 hours in Franklin County; “deadly batch” reported in Columbus

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Franklin County coroner is reporting five people have died from drug overdoses in the county in the last 24 hours.

In addition, an organization that fights against overdoses issued a “deadly batch” alert for cocaine in the Ohio State University area.

Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz posted the numbers on Twitter, encouraging users to not use drugs alone, test the drugs with fentanyl test strips, and keep Narcan close by.

Ortiz posted information on a recovery pop-up event Thursday at Zettler Hardware, 2001 Zettler Center Drive, from 2-5 p.m. The event will feature free naloxone and training on how to use it, free fentanyl test strips, and information on recovery.

The SOAR Initiative Tweeted out a warning Wednesday about cocaine testing positive for fentanyl.

The SOAR Initiative is an organization that works to prevent overdoses and help people who use drugs live safer, according to its website.

Anyone battling drug addiction or who knows someone battling drug addiction can find resources for help by clicking here.

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