Coroner: 10 overdose deaths over past day in Franklin County

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Franklin County Coroner’s Office reported 10 overdose deaths over the course of 24 hours.

Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the Franklin County Coroner, said the deaths all happened Friday, Jan. 31.

Ortiz urges opiate users to take the following precautions if they have to do the drugs:

  • don’t use the drugs alone
  • always have naloxone or Narcan present
  • test the drugs with fentanyl testing strips
  • call 911 if you suspect an overdose

The alert comes a day after Columbus Public Health reported an increase in ER visits for overdoses.

Franklin County Public Health along with Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) provides free naloxone with a brief training session on how to use the drug.

To locate these sites please visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website

To locate other distributors of naloxone and for resources and information on addiction and treatment, visit the Columbus Public Health website.

For information about Fentanyl testing strips the Columbus Public Health website.

For help on beating drug addiction, visit the city’s Opiate Crisis Information page.

To find recovery homes and resources in Central Ohio visit the Central Ohio Recovery Residences Network.

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