Fentanyl-related deaths still on the rise in Franklin County

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, OH (WCMH) — Friday, disturbing numbers were released by the Franklin County Coroners Office.

Fentanyl overdose deaths are drastically up in Franklin County.

There were 345 drug-related deaths between January and August. The number is on trend with numbers from the same time last year.  According to the new report from the county coroners office 76% of those deaths are connected to fentanyl which is drastically up compared to 61% from last year. 

Steve Martin, Columbus Division of Fire battalion chief finds the numbers disturbing.

“It is disappointing that we are in the midst of the epidemic but it a while to be with us for a while,” said Martin.

Residents in zip codes 43207,43204, 43223, 43213, and 43123 know this more than ever.  The county coroner said these areas are the top five spots for overdose death in Columbus.  Chief Martin said just because you don’t see drugs in your area doesn’t mean you’re not in danger. Overdoses happen everywhere.

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